AFL Live St Kilda Saints vs Melbourne Demons Stream AFL 2017 Seasons Round 01 match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 25 March 2017 online, 16.35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
2017 promises to be a big one for St Kilda and the Melbourne Demons with both sides tipped to continue their march up the ladder.
The two sides just missed out on finals action last year and face each other on Saturday March 25, one of the nine games scheduled for the weekend.
The Etihad Stadium clash gets underway at 4.35PM and will be broadcast on Fox Footy, while AFL Live Vision is also available to ALL CrownBet members. Every Match, wherever you are.
This shapes as one of the most intriguing games of the round and both sides will be desperate to kick off their campaigns with a win.
St Kilda finished 9th with 12 wins last season, while Melbourne were 11th with 10 wins. Both sides won two of their three games in the recent JLT Community Series.
Little separates the two sides in early betting for the Round 1 encounter and both have been posted at $1.92 with CrownBet in the head to head betting.
St Kilda have a terrific record against Melbourne and will look to apply plenty of pressure on the Demons ball carriers in Jack Viney, Nathan Jones and Dom Tyson.
It will be interesting to see how Melbourne respond in the middle of the ground. In previous years the Dees have been inconsistent and lacked resilience when challenged but with the former Hawthorn premiership player, Jordan Lewis, and the fit and firing, Clayton Oliver, the Demons do have some weapons.
However, St Kilda should not be underestimated. Alan Richardson’s side have their fair share of midfield guns and if they provide their dynamic forward line with plenty of supply, it could be a similar tale for Melbourne. Look for Josh Bruce, Tim Membrey and Paddy McCartin to make their presence felt up forward.
With new coach Simon Goodwin at the helm, the Demons are tipped to play an attacking style of football this year. They should get first use of the ball via big Maxy Gawn in the ruck but will need to make the most of their opportunities up forward.
St Kilda Saints:
B: Jarryn Geary, Nathan Brown, Jimmy Webster
HB: Jack Newnes, Jake Carlisle, Dylan Roberton
C: Shane Savage, David Armitage, Nick Riewoldt
HF: Luke Dunstan, Josh Bruce, Mav Weller
F: Jade Gresham, Tim Membrey, Nathan Wright
Foll: Tom Hickey, Jack Steele, Jack Steven
Inter: Seb Ross, Jack Billings, Sam Gilbert, Paddy McCartin
Emerg: Blake Acres, Jack Lonie, Billy Longer
Melbourne Demons :
B: Jayden Hunt, Tom McDonald, Joel Smith
HB: Bernie Vince, Oscar McDonald, Jake Melksham
C: Jordan Lewis, Jack Viney, Billy Stretch
HF: Christian Petracca, Jesse Hogan, Angus Brayshaw
F: Alex Neal-Bullen, Sam Weideman, Jeff Garlett
Foll: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Clayton Oliver
I/C: Neville Jetta, Christian Salem, Jack Watts, Mitch Hannan
Emg: Tom Bugg, James Harmes, Jake Spencer