AFL Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Fremantle Dockers Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 04 Match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne ,Victoria , Australia, Sunday 17 April 2016 online, 16.40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
North looking to go 4-0, Freo trying to avoid 0-4. But is it as simple as those figures appear?
Taylor Garner is out for North, likely to be replaced by fellow hard nut Kayne Turner, in which the Roos won’t lose out overall.
Fremantle brings in the capable Jonathon Griffin to replace Aaron Sandilands, who suffered cracked ribs in the Western Derby last week. Darcy Tucker may come in for his debut, to replace the omitted Tendai Mzungu.
North were struggling against Adelaide in Round 1 before being inspired by Brent Harvey and carried to victory by Todd Goldstein, before beating Brisbane untroubled, and playing see-saw with Melbourne in the wind down in Tassie. They’ve been good, but not great.
Fremantle haven’t really looked like winning in their first three matches, trounced by the Dogs, run off their feet by the Suns and not strong enough to go with the Eagles at the key moments. They have only scored 63 points a game, equal to Carlton and Essendon – not good company to be keeping.
Neither side has been impressive ATS this season, North tracking at 1-2 (56% in 2015), Fremantle at 0-3 (42% in 2015). North is 3-0 at the over after only running at 48% last year. The Dockers were the number one under team in 2015, at 67%. Consistent with that, they are 2-1 at the under this year.
In five clashes between these coaches, Freo leads 3-2, with one of those wins at Etihad. The Dockers have won 9 of 13 games and are 62% ATS at Etihad since 2012. North is 32 from 49 at Etihad and 59% ATS in this time.
North has got their season off to a flying start thanks to a softish draw, but is their 3-0 record deceiving given they are 1-2 ATS? Effectively, they have underperformed against expectation in two of three matches, despite winning. Food for thought at any rate.
On the other hand, Fremantle have faced sides that are a combined 7-2 for wins so far this season. They haven’t been playing well themselves, but it’s been against form sides, of which they now meet another one.
Jarrad Waite is the form key forward in the competition, and the likes of Jack Darling, Josh Kennedy, Tom Lynch and Jake Stringer have been presenting the Dockers with the most problems so far. They must stop the North talls if they’re going to stay in the game.
Freo played better footy last week than they had been, and they do have a strong record at Etihad. Small forwards have been troubling the Roos, so a lot of responsibility rests on the shoulders of Walters and Ballantyne.
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B: M.Firrito, R.Tarrant, S.Wright
HB: S.Atley, S.Thompson, L.McDonald
C: J.Macmillan, D.Wells, N.Dal Santo
HF: J.Ziebell, J.Waite, S.Higgins
F: B.Harvey, D.Petrie, L.Thomas
Foll: T.Goldstein, B.Cunnington, A.Swallow
I/C: B.Jacobs, M.Wood, S.Gibson, B.Brown
EMG: L.Hansen, K.Turner, F.Ray
B: G.Ibbotson, Z.Dawson, L.Spurr
HB: C.Sutcliffe, M.Johnson, T.Sheridan
C: E.Langdon, S.Hill, D.Pearce
HF: M.Walters, M.Pavlich, H.Crozier
F: A.Pearce, C.Mayne, H.Ballantyne
Foll: J.Griffin, N.Fyfe, L.Neale
I/C: N.Suban, L.Weller, M.Taberner, M.Barlow
EMG: J.Hannath, B.Grey, D.Tucker
IN: J.Griffin, H.Crozier, M.Taberner
OUT: A.Sandilands, M.de Boer, T.Mzungu.