Melbourne battles it out against the Cats on Friday night at Optus Stadium for a spot in the Grand Final.
Melbourne vs Geelong Tips, Preview & Predictions
Melbourne Demons vs Geelong Cats free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Melbourne rescued a 44-point lead against the Cats in Round 23.
Melbourne vs Geelong Tips
BEST BET 🏆
Jeremy Cameron has kicked 2+ goals in 11 of his 14 matches this season
NEXT BEST 🥈
Tom Atkins has had 15+ disposals in six of his last nine matches
Melbourne vs Geelong Same Game Multi Tips
VALUE BET 💰
Melbourne vs Geelong Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Friday September 10
⏰ Time: 7:50pm (AEST)
🏟 Stadium: Optus Stadium
Melbourne vs Geelong 2021 Form (last five matches)
- RD 20: Gold Coast 30-128 Melbourne
- RD 21: West Coast 63-72 Melbourne
- RD 22: Melbourne 104-63 Adelaide
- RD 23: Geelong 77-81 Melbourne
- QF: Melbourne 93-60 Brisbane
- RD 21: Geelong 65-84 GWS
- RD 22: Geelong 85-71 St Kilda
- RD 23: Geelong 77-81 Melbourne
- QF: Port Adelaide 86-43 Geelong
- SF: Geelong 103-68 GWS
Melbourne vs Geelong Head to Head (last five matches)
- R4 2021: Cats 77-81 Demons
- R11 2020: Demons 85-60 Cats
- R20 2019: Demons 44-47 Cats
- R8 2019: Cats 126-46 Demons
- R8 2018: Demons 75-46 Cats
Melbourne vs Geelong Preview
The Demons enjoyed a week off after cruising past the Lions in their preliminary final.
It looked like Melbourne was able to keep the game on their terms for much of their qualifying final match against Brisbane, with their ariel threat coming into fruition, which could be a contributing factor on Friday night as it was in Round 23.
Simon Goodwin’s side will head into the match with plenty of confidence after their mesmerising come from behind victory against the Cats in the last round of the home and away season. The Demons were 44-points down during the third quarter to then go on and win with a goal after the siren by captain Max Gawn.
Melbourne will be looking to reach their first Grand Final appearance since their 2000 premiership loss against Essendon. Although the last time they won the minor premiership they won the flag (in 1964).
Similarly, the Cats cruised past the Giants in their semi-final last week to win by 35 points.
Geelong simply had too much depth in the physicality of the contest against an injury and suspension riddled GWS. A 10 goal second half saw them cruise to their second preliminary final on the trot.
This battle will likely be won in the Cats forward half of the ground. Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins were influential last week, combining for seven goals and have been all season.
Meanwhile, Jake Lever and Steven May have both had the best season of their careers, with both ranking highly in one-on-one contests and intercept possessions… an intriguing battle awaits.
The Cats are arguably one of the most successful teams this century, making 12 of the last 18 preliminary finals. However, Chris Scott has only won one flag at the helm and will be keen to go all the way in another COVID riddled season.
This match has the makings of being another instant classic between these two great sides. Melbourne rescued the minor premiership in Round 23, and I believe they will get one over on the Cats again on Friday night.
Demons vs Cats Team News
Melbourne has a relatively fit squad but will need to have a replacement for the injured Joel Smith. Michael Hibberd is the likely candidate.
Brandon Parfitt suffered a hamstring injury against the Giants, which has ended his season. Shaun Higgins is an obvious replacement.
The two sides last met in Round 23, which saw the Demons win by four points.
Demons vs Cats Stats
- Melbourne rescued a 44-point lead against the Cats in Round 23
- Melbourne have won their last five matches
- Tom Atkins has had 15+ disposals in six of his last nine matches
- Jeremy Cameron has kicked 2+ goals in 11 of his 14 matches this season