Australian Football League Live Melbourne Demons vs Western Bulldogs Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 08 match will be kick off at MCG Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Sunday 15 May 2016 online, 15.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
An unlikely candidate as second-elect for match-of-the-round status, between two of the form sides of the competition.
Melbourne are giving supporters a glimpse of how good things might be when they mature, and their last four weeks have seen three wins and an average score of 122 points per game. They haven’t played much, but are putting sides like Collingwood, Richmond and Gold Coast away.
The Bulldogs are coming off their second-best performance of the season after a minor malaise, squeezing up a free-running Adelaide side to enough of an extent to ensure victory in a high-scoring game. Their defensive pressure is the best in the competition.
The Western Bulldogs hold an 8-2 lead in their last ten meetings, but they have split their last four MCG meetings 2-2.
Under Paul Roos at the MCG, the Demons are +19% POT, 50% ATS and 70% at the under. This season, they have won four times as the underdog. The next best by any club is two. They have hit the over the last three matches, and four of the last five.
The Western Bulldogs have won one of three at the MCG under Luke Beveridge. One of those losses was to Melbourne, the only time they’ve started favourite there. The Bulldogs have only played one of their last 22 matches at the MCG.
A match-up between the best defensive side of the year in the Bulldogs against the new-found offensive flair of the Demons. Melbourne is facing its toughest opponent for over a month, while the Bulldogs are away from Etihad for the first time this year, so there are questions over both.
If the Bulldogs can apply the pressure in their forward half like they have been doing, they’ll force the Dee’s, who are still lacking overall class, into several turnovers costing goals. St Kilda was able to do this in their win over Melbourne, and the Dogs obviously have better credentials.
B: N.Jetta, T.McDonald, T.Bugg
HB: J.Wagner, C.Garland, J.Hunt
C: B.Vince, D.Tyson, C.Oliver
HF: J.Watts, C.Pedersen, J.Garlett
F: J.Harmes, J.Hogan, B.Kennedy
Foll: M.Gawn, N.Jones, J.Viney
I/C: C.Salem, C.Petracca, B.Stretch, V.Michie
Emg: O.McDonald, A.Neal-Bullen, D.Grimes
Outs: D.Kent (back)
B: M.Boyd, F.Roberts, D.Morris
HB: S.Biggs, E.Wood, J.Adcock
C: L.Hunter, T.Liberatore, T.Dickson
HF: L.Picken, T.Campbell, J.Stringer
F: L.Dahlhaus, J.Redpath, M.Wallis
Foll: J.Roughead, J.Macrae, M.Bontempelli
I/C: T.McLean, B.Dale, B.Williams, C.Daniel
Emg: J.Dunkley, M.Honeychurch, L.Jong
NEW: Bailey Williams (18, Glenelg)