Australian Football League Melbourne Demons vs GWS Giants Live Stream Free, AFL 2018 Regular Seasons Week 23 AFL Live Stream. Melbourne Demons vs GWS Giants match will be kickoff at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Sunday 26 August 2018 online, 15:20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
This is the second last game of the home and away season and the result will place together the final pieces of the puzzle that is the make up of the top eight.
The winner of this contest will most likely end up in 5th position on the ladder and gain a home final, while the loser will slip to 7th and a road trip in week one of the finals series.
If Melbourne lose and Geelong win by at least six goals against the Gold Coast, the Demons will slip to 8th, meaning that the two sides could play each other again in a fortnight.
Both sides had varying fortunes in Round 22. Melbourne finally defeated a top eight side, registering a confidence and character building victory against the West Coast Eagles in Perth.
The 17 point victory effectively booked Melbourne what will be their first finals appearance since 2006, a massive relief to their long suffering fans, who watched on in agonising fashion last year when the Demons just missed out.
On the same weekend, GWS suffered a 20 point loss to their cross-town rivals, Sydney, in a game where the Giants simply ran out of steam after a couple of their key players were cut down by injury.
The Round 23 fixture between Melbourne and GWS sees a couple of the competition’s A-grade midfield lineups square off against one another. Despite their injuries, GWS rank similarly to the Demons in a number of statistical measures and are 3rd in the competition for contested possessions, while they are 1st for clearances. Melbourne are 1st and 3rd in these areas respectively. However, the Demons top the competition for hitouts and scoring.
Max Gawn is one player that should have a massive influence for Melbourne. The ruckman is just about a lock for All-Australian selection, while Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw and Nathan Jones are other players that should provide the Demons with plenty of supply up forward.
For the Giants, Dylan Shiel, Callan Ward and Stephen Coniglio should be able to match motors with the Demons in the midfield but the absence of a number of key big men does not help their cause.
Melbourne have no injuries out of the West Coast game and are likely to remain unchanged. Jack Viney is still a couple of weeks away. Josh Wagner and Tom Bugg have some solid form at VFL level.
GWS may be without both Phil Davis and Ryan Griffen after that pair went down in the loss to Sydney last weekend. Toby Greene will also miss but Josh Kelly is expected to return.
The two sides have met on 10 occasions and the ledger is split at five wins apiece. Last year, GWS claimed the Round 20 Spotless Stadium clash by 15 points but in Round 2 it was Melbourne by two points at the MCG.
Melbourne have won three of the four games between the two sides at the MCG but have lost six of their 10 hitouts at the venue this season. GWS have ventured to the home of footy just once in 2018 for a win over Collingwood in Round 2.
B: Jetta, O. McDonald, Lewis
HB: Salem, Frost, Hibberd
C: Brayshaw, Oliver, Harmes
HF: Melksham, T. McDonald, vandenBerg
F: Fritsch, Weideman, Neal-Bullen
FOLL: Gawn, Jones, Petracca
I/C (from): Spargo, Tyson, Kent, Hannan, Wagner, Pedersen, Kennedy Harris, Bugg
IN: No changes
OUT: No changes
B: Finlayson, Davis, Tomlinson
HB: Kennedy, Haynes, Perryman
C: Whitfield, Ward, Hopper
HF: Reid, Cameron, Bonar
F: Langdon, Himmelberg, Kelly
FOLL: Lobb, Coniglio, Shiel
I/C (from): Lloyd, Daniels, Buntine, Keefee, Taranto
IN: Reid, Kelly,
OUT: Griffen, Daniel