Australian Football League Live Melbourne Demons vs Fremantle Dockers Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 05 math will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MC) Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Sunday 03 May 2015 online, 13.10pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The last time Melbourne Demons won two in a row they beat Richmond and Fremantle, that was 2011. Can the Dockers put Melbourne fans back in their box again? Likely.
The Dees are without Dean Kent (hamstring) and Neville Jetta (concussion) from last week’s team that beat Richmond whilst Jack Viney (leg) and Sam Frost (foot) are missing from the 22. Jack Grimes and Cam Pederson are amongst a few to be named in their extended squad. Whilst the Dockers are missing key defender Zac Dawson (groin) from their best 22 whilst Hayden Ballantyne returns from suspension and Hayden Crozier and Jack Hannath are added to their 25.
The Dees are 2-2 with wins over Gold Coast and Richmond and losses to GWS and Adelaide. They rank number one in tackles and second in contested possessions but 18th in disposals and 15th in points per game this season. The Dockers are first on the ladder, the only unbeaten side in the competition. They rank last in tackles but first in least opponent insider 50s and have the second best defence in the league conceding only 67 points per game this season.
Hayden Ballantyne v Jack Grimes – Without Neville Jetta, expect Jack Grimes to get a crack at curtailing the Freo forward. Ballantyne has kicked 13 goals in his last four games against the Demons. In Fremantle’s last 10 games at the MCG when Ballantyne kicks multiple goals, they have won four games. When he doesn’t, they have lost six. He has missed two of those six losses though. He’s a barometer and if Grimes and co can shut him down, it will go a long way towards a Demon win.
Melbourne and Fremantle have played 32 times with Freo leading 19-13. Since 2010, Fremantle is 6-1 (5-2 against the line) vs Melbourne. The Dockers have won the last five games against the Dees by an average of 68-points. The Dees average just 37-points per game in their last four matches against Freo. Melbourne has won three of the last four encounters at the MCG – dating back to round 7, 2008. The Demons are 5-9 (7-7 against the line) at the MCG under Paul Roos. The Dockers are 4-4 (4-4 against the line) at the MCG under Ross Lyon. The Dockers are 19-15-1 (20-15 against the line) when playing away from Perth under Ross Lyon.
The Dockers play a suffocating brand of footy with a firm focus on team defence and strict structures, which has helped them to four wins this season which should be five after this one. Melbourne play a heavy one-on-one style which will likely mean Bernie Vince will play close attention to Nat Fyfe. The Dockers are full strength and rarely play at the MCG, if they are to experience the ultimate success in September, then covering this line will be easy.
Melbourne Demons :
B Colin Garland, Tom McDonald, Jeremy Howe
HB Christian Salem, Lynden Dunn, Jack Grimes
C Heritier Lumumba, Bernie Vince, Daniel Cross
HF Jeff Garlett, Jesse Hogan, Jay Kennedy-Harris
F Jack Watts, Chris Dawes, Angus Brayshaw
FOLL Mark Jamar, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson
I/C Ben Newton, Aaron Vandenberg, Viv Michie, Jordie McKenzie
EMG Cameron Pedersen, Aidan Riley, Jake Spencer
IN Jack Grimes, Jordie McKenzie
OUT Neville Jetta (concussion), Dean Kent (hamstring)
Fremantle Dockers :
B Cameron Sutcliffe, Luke McPharlin, Lee Spurr
HB Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, Nick Suban
C Paul Duffield, Nat Fyfe, Matt de Boer
HF Danyle Pearce, Matthew Pavlich, Matt Taberne
F Zac Clarke, Chris Mayne, Michael Walters
FOLL Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Stephen Hill
I/C Michael Barlow, Lachie Neale, Clancee Pearce, Hayden Ballantyne
EMG Tendai Mzungu, Jack Hannath, Hayden Crozier
IN Hayden Ballantyne
OUT Tendai Mzungu