Venue: MCG at 7:10pm AEST
Last 5 times:
R4, 2015: Melbourne 12.11 (83) def Richmond 6.15 (81)
R9, 2014: Melbourne 14.7 (91) def Richmond 9.10 (74)
R8, 2013: Richmond 15.16 (106) def Melbourne 11.6 (72)
R15, 2012: Richmond 13.23 (101) def Melbourne 11.12 (78)
R3, 2012: Richmond 20.13 (133) def Melbourne 11.8 (74)
Best SC scorers from last match:
- Melbourne: Hogan 109, Vandenberg 107, Garland 104
- Richmond: Edwards 117, Maric 116, Riewoldt 103
- In: Vince, Garlett
- Out: Oliver (Rested), M Jones (Soreness)
- In: Deledio, Maric, Batchelor, Miles, Morris
- Out: Vlastuin (Leg), Moore (Om.), Hampson (Om.), Lennon (Om.), Hunt (Om.)
Game notes: This is a classic 8 point game even if AFL coaches argue that such a thing doesn’t exist. Melbourne have improved but nobody will care if they can’t compete for a top 8 spot. They are desperate to win back-to-back matches especially after capitulating to the Bombers after their last win (against GWS) and a wounded Tigers outfit offers a great opportunity. Win this and they are 3 wins, 2 losses and well and truly in the mix.
Richmond have not looked like a top side all year and at 1 win, 3 losses, their season is slipping away. It will be some relief then that their “barometer” is finally back. When Deledio plays well, Richmond are a completely different side but it will be a big ask for him to perform in his first game of the year. The return of Big Ivan and Miles will also help so hopefully “good” Richmond finally turns up.
Thommo’s Tip: Melbourne by 12 points.
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