Melbourne vs Fremantle Round 1 Tips, Prediction and Preview

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Melbourne vs Fremantle Tips

Both sides will be looking to be in and around a finals position this season and they battle it out in the colosseum of football to kick off an action-packed Saturday action.

Melbourne Demons vs Fremantle Dockers free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Fremantle have covered the line in nine of its previous 12 matches against Melbourne.

Melbourne vs Fremantle Tips

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Melbourne vs Fremantle Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Saturday March 20
Time: 1:45pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: MCG

Melbourne vs Fremantle Head to Head (last five matches)

These teams are split at three wins a piece in the last six meetings.

  • R16 2020: Melbourne 33-47 Fremantle
  • R14 2019: Melbourne 85-71 Fremantle
  • R16 2019: Melbourne 102-48 Fremantle
  • R4 2018: Melbourne 104-106 Fremantle
  • R16 2017: Melbourne 87-55 Fremantle

Melbourne vs Fremantle Preview and Prediction

Melbourne will be looking to prove themselves this season after a couple of disappointing years since their exceptional 2018 campaign.

The Demons head into this match heavy favourites in their first match at the MCG since Round 5 last year. It will be crucial for them to win matches like these in which they have struggled with in recent years.

Melbourne looked very average in their practice match against the Dogs, being dominated in the middle of the ground. However, they will have Angus Brayshaw and Clayton Oliver leading the lines on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Dockers will be keen to continue their strong from the back of last season, defeating Melbourne and North Melbourne in two of the last three rounds of the season.

The Dockers played quite well against a strong West Coast side, taking them to the final siren. However, they will need to focus on their delivery inside 50 against a Melbourne side that pride themselves on intercept marks.

If Fremantle wants to come away with the four points, they will have to limit the influence of Max Gawn, so you can expect them to physically target him to knock him off his game.

This will be an intriguing arm-wrestle, but considering Fremantle’s injury troubles, I believe the Demons will start the season the strongest.

Demons vs Dockers Team News

The Demons will have Angus Brayshaw, Michael Hibberd and Steven May available for Saturday. However, Jake Melksham will need to pass a fitness test before the match to play.

There is a lengthy injury list at Fremantle, with Sean Darcy’s fitness being in the air. But on the other hand, Adam Cerra should be fit to play.

The two sides last met in Round 16 last season which saw Fremantle defeat the Demons by 14 points.

Demons vs Dockers Stats

  • Melbourne has lost the last four Round 1 matches as favourite
  • In Fremantle’s last eight matches at the MCG, the highest scoring half has been the second half
  • Fremantle have covered the line in nine of its previous 12 matches against Melbourne
  • These teams are split at three wins a piece in the last six meetings

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