AFL Live Melbourne Demons vs Hawthorn Hawks Live Streaming Free 2019 Round 07 Live Stream Online,The AFL match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 04 May 2019 online, 1.45pm AEST and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The two sides experienced contrasting fortunes in week one of the AFL Finals Series. Hawthorn fronted up to the premiership favourites, Richmond, in the Qualifying Final and were outclassed by 31 points.
Just 24 hours later, Melbourne bumped Geelong out of the September action by taking out the Elimination Final by 29 points. That was the Demons first final since 2006, helping to ease the pain for their fans that have endured a decade in the doldrums.
Melbourne are this year’s ‘fairytale’ side and will be trying to tread the path that the Western Bulldogs followed in 2016 as well as Richmond last year. They have been posted as $1.48 favourites in the early betting markets for the clash against Hawthorn, while the Hawks are $2.65 outsiders.
However, Hawthorn fans can look to history as sides that finished inside the top four generally have a good record in the Semi Finals. Alistair Clarkson’s side finished the home and away season in 4th position with 15 wins, one win ahead of the Demons, who finished 5th. They won six games prior to their loss over Richmond, while Melbourne have now won three on the trot.
The Hawks also have a huge advantage in finals experience over their Melbourne counterparts, although this didn’t help Geelong last weekend.
Expect the Demons to get the upper hand in the middle of the ground. Over the course of the season they ranked on top for contested possessions and hitouts, while the were 3rd for clearances. Hawthorn were 12th, 6th and 10th in these measures.
Max Gawn will give Melbourne the first use of the ball with his sublime work in the ruck, while we can expect the likes of Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw and Jack Viney to find plenty of it for the Dees.
That trio take on Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell, Jaegar O’Meara and Liam Shiels in the middle of the ground. Mitchell is the competition’s leading ball getter and may find himself up against James Harmes, who thwarted Geelong’s Joel Selwood last weekend.
Other key battles occur at either end of the ground. Luke Breust, Jack Gunston and Jarryd Roughead should enjoy a bit more freedom than what they did against Richmond last weekend but they will still need to lift on that performance.
At the other end, Melbourne will need to find a way to counteract Hawthorn’s defensive set up. They were unable to do this earlier in the year but Sam Weideman, Tom McDonald and Jake Melksham are in good form up forward and can pose some problems for the Hawks back six.
Hawthorn are set to lose Ben Stratton to a hamstring injury. David Mirra is the likely replacement for the premiership defender. Taylor Duryea is another that will be considered and was pulled from the VFL game last Sunday for Box Hill.
Melbourne reported no injuries out of the Geelong game and aren’t expected to make too many changes to the lineup that registered the Demons first finals win in over a decade.
Melbourne have beaten Hawthorn just once since 2006 with that victory coming late in 2016 when Paul Roos was at the helm of the club. Hawthorn have won the past two games between the two sides, including the Round 4 encounter this season by 67 points.
In that game, Melbourne got off to a flying start but were dismal after quarter time. Luke Breust booted four for the winners, while Liam Shiels and Jaegar O’Meara combined for 57 disposals. Max Gawn was Melbourne’s best, registering 66 hitouts.
The two sides have not faced each other in a final since 1990, when Melbourne scored a nine point Elimination Final win. In games at the MCG this season, Hawthorn are seven wins from 10 games, while Melbourne are six from 12.
This shapes as another finals classic. Melbourne will need to ensure that they do not get ahead of themselves and we can not underestimate Hawthorn. The Hawks can bounce back from their defeat last weekend and represent value at the line.
B: Jordan Lewis, Sam Frost, Oscar McDonald
HB: Nathan Jones, Tom McDonald, Jayden Hunt
C: James Harmes, Christian Salem, Billy Stretch
HF: Bayley Fritsch, Christian Petracca, Jeff Garlett
F: Alex Neal-Bullen, Tim Smith, Jake Melksham
FOL: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw
I/C: Michael Hibberd, Jay Lockhart, Marty Hore, Josh Wagner
EMG: Sam Weideman, Tom Sparrow, Corey Wagner, Declan Keilty
IN: Oscar McDonald, Josh Wagner
OUT: Jack Viney (Injured), Sam Weideman (Omitted)
B: Blake Hardwick, Kaiden Brand, Jarman Impey
HB: Tom Scully, Ben Stratton, Jack Gunston
C: Isaac Smith, Jaeger O’Meara, Daniel Howe
HF: Paul Puopolo, Tim O’Brien, James Sicily
F: Luke Breust, Chad Wingard, Jarryd Roughead
FOL: Ben McEvoy, James Worpel, Ricky Henderson
I/C: Dylan Moore, Shaun Burgoyne, Liam Shiels, Mitchell Lewis
EMG: Harry Morrison, Conor Nash, Jonathon Ceglar, Jack Scrimshaw
IN: Dylan Moore, Shaun Burgoyne
OUT: Jack Scrimshaw (Managed), James Cousins (Suspension)