The Kangaroos make a rare trip to the MCG on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Demons, where they will be shooting for 18 straight victories against the Dees. Melbourne shook off the disappointment of their 3 point loss with a hard-fought 4 goal win over the Lions last round, with star forward Jesse Hogan booting 5 goals in an ominous sign for the rest of the competition. Can the Demons finally break the 12 year hoodoo with a victory over the Kangaroos?
FormMelbourne (1-1): After the heartbreaking last-gasp loss to the Cats in Round 1, the Dees bounced back after surviving a scare from the Lions. Jesse Hogan is beginning to look in ominous touch, while Jeff Garlett is probably the form small forward of the competition.
North Melbourne (1-1): The Roos surprised the footy world when they upset $1.33 favourites, St. Kilda, by 52 points on Good Friday- especially given their lacklustre performance against the Suns in the opening round.
Stats That Matter– The Demons have lost their last 17 games against the Roos, going back to 2006 – Ben Brown kicked 9 goals in his 2 matches against Melbourne last year – Melbourne were 3-8 ATS at home last year – Todd Goldstein averages 137 Fantasy Points per game against the Demons, and is averaging 104 so far this year – Over/Under is 1-3 this year for the Demons and Roos combined – Clayton Oliver averages 28 disposals per game against North Melbourne
Betting Data2018 Line: Melbourne– 1-1; North Melbourne– 1-1 2018 Over-Under: Melbourne– 1-1; North Melbourne– 0-2
What To ExpectNorth Melbourne might have thumped the Saints last round, but the Wolf isn’t reading too much into that result. Melbourne really should be sitting 2-0 right now, and will likely prove to have too much class across the board for a one-paced Roos side.
How It’s Shaping UpMelbourne by 24
Best: Melbourne -15.5 & UNDER 199.5 ($2.18) Value: North Melbourne 61-75 Total Points ($3.55) Player Prop: Todd Goldstein 100+ Fantasy Points ($2.35) First Goalscorer: Jeff Garlett