AFL Live Melbourne Demons vs Richmond Tigers Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 05 Match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria , Australia, Sunday 24 April 2016 online, 19.10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Melbourne in playing good footy for the first time in a decade but Richmond are bereft of confidence, ideas, and perhaps, hope.
Melbourne will bring back Bernie Vince and Jeff Garlett, giving them midfield class and forward-line polish, coming in for Clayton Oliver and Matt Jones who are being managed.
Richmond will be hoping Brett Deledio comes up, and important ruckman Ivan Maric returns. Jake Batchelor may be brought in as the perfect match-up for Jack Watts. Nick Vlastuin has been struggling for form, but has named out with a leg injury. Andrew Moore didn’t do enough against West Coast in his first game for the club, and has been dropped.
Melbourne is playing a brand of football to excite fans for the first time in a long while, running North to less than a goal after being seven goals down early, and then dismantling Collingwood in a professional display. They’re finally on the up after years of redefining what it is to be low.
Richmond have been notorious slow starters under Damien Hardwick, but have reached a new nadir with their opening to this season, and return from Perth after a 68 point hiding at the hands of West Coast, their biggest loss since Rd 15, 2011.
Melbourne have won their last two against Richmond, both as clear underdogs. The market has the Tigers on top once more. The teams are 5-5 across the last 10 meetings, all of which have been at the MCG.
It’s hard to believe Richmond are favourites for this match, and the market is simply wrong.
If you strip away the idea that Richmond have played finals in the last three years, and the fact that Melbourne are Melbourne, and just focus on form this year, the Demons should be warm if not hot favourites.
The Demons are moving the ball with more fluency than the Tigers, putting more pressure on the opposition, scoring more frequently, and defending with more system and grit. There isn’t a box they don’t tick, and they should be winning this game.
B: N.Jetta, T.McDonald, T.Bugg
HB: L.Dunn, H.Lumumba, C.Salem
C: B.Vince, D.Tyson, J.Wagner
HF: J.Watts, S.Frost, J.Harmes
F: D.Kent, J.Hogan, A.Brayshaw
Foll: M.Gawn, N.Jones, J.Viney
I/C (from): C.Petracca, C.Garland, C.Pedersen, J.Hunt, A.Neal-Bullen, B.Kennedy, J.Garlett
INS: B.Vince, C.Petracca, C.Garland, A.Neal-Bullen, J.Garlett
OUTS: M.Jones (soreness), C.Oliver (rested)
B: D.Astbury, A.Rance, B.Deledio
HB: C.Ellis, B.Houli, K.McIntosh
C: B.Ellis, S.Grigg, D.Rioli
HF: K.Lambert, D.Martin, T.Vickery
F: J.Riewoldt, S.Lloyd, C.Menadue
Foll: S.Hampson, S.Edwards, T.Cotchin
I/C: B.Lennon, J.Batchelor, I.Maric, T.Chaplin, A.Miles, T.Hunt, S.Morris
INS: B.Deledio, J.Batchelor, I.Maric, A.Miles, S.Morris
OUTS: A.Moore, N.Vlastuin (leg)