Australian Football League Melbourne Demons vs Port Adelaide Power Live Stream Free, AFL 2019 Round 01 Live Stream. Melbourne Demons vs Port Adelaide Power match will be kickoff at Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 23 March 2019 online, 13:45 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Melbourne have been posted as favourites for what is the third game of the AFL home and away season and come off a spectacular 2018 that saw them end a long drought by playing finals for the first time since 2006.
Simon Goodwin’s side won 14 of their 22 games last year to qualify in 5th position before winning two finals en route to exiting in the Preliminary Final against the eventual premiers, Richmond.
Port Adelaide fell away in the latter half of the season and slipped out of the eight, finishing in 10th with 12 wins.
In the recent JLT Community Series, the Power won one of their two games, while Melbourne went winless. The Demons lost tight games to Richmond and Brisbane, while Port lost to Adelaide before accouting for North Melbourne.
Despite their pre-season form, Melbourne do look to have an advantage. Max Gawn can get on top in the ruck against Scott Lycett and Paddy Ryder, while the Demons fleet of midfielders should gain the advantage at the clearances.
A slight concern for Melbourne is their defence at the moment and they will be without a couple of key players in this part of the ground. Robbie Gray and Justin Westhoff can capitalise up forward for the Power and if that pair fire then the visitors can spring a surprise.
Melbourne will be without the suspended Steven May, while Mitch Hannan and Jake Lever are among those that are sidelined by injury. Marty Hore is a likely debutant.
Port Adelaide will miss Charlie Dixon and Ollie Wines. Ryan Burton, Zak Butters, Xavier Duursman, Scott Lycett and Connor Rozee are the new faces that have either arrived from other clubs or are via the draft.
Melbourne have won just two of their last 10 against Port Adelaide and went down to the Power by 10 points the last time the two sides met. That was at the Adelaide Oval in Round 14 last year.
The Demons won by 23 points the last time the two sides squared off at the MCG and that was in Round 18 of 2017. Melbourne won seven of their 13 games at the venue last year. Port ventured to the home of footy on two occasions for one win and one loss.
B: Lewis, O.McDonald, Jetta
HB: Hibberd, Frost, N.Jones
C: Fritsch, Oliver, Salem
HF: Neal-Bullen, T.McDonald, Petracca
F: Melksham, Weideman, Viney
FOLL: Gawn, Harmes, Brayshaw
I/C: Spargo, Hunt, Hore, Wagner
EMG: Preuss, Petty, Sparrow, Keilty
B: Bonner, Clurey, Houston
HB: Burton, Jonas, Byrne-Jones
C: Motlop, Rockliff, Westhoff
HF: Boak, Watts, Ebert
F: R.Gray, Ryder, Rozee
FOLL: Lycett, Powell-Pepper, Drew
I/C: Butters, Duursma, Amon, Marshall
EMG: Mayes, S.Gray, Farrell, Howard