The Demons will be filled with high hopes after fighting bravely against the Lions last week whilst the Power will look to get back in the winner’s circle and maintain their spot on top of the ladder.
Melbourne Demons vs Port Adelaide Power free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Melbourne haven’t won at the Gabba since 2013.
Melbourne vs Port Adelaide Tips
Melbourne vs Port Adelaide Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Thursday July 30
⏰ Time: 7:50pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Gabba
Melbourne vs Port Adelaide 2020 Form
- R4: Melbourne 44-47 Geelong
- R5: Melbourne 52-79 Richmond
- R6: Melbourne 80-63 Gold Coast
- R7: Hawthorn 48-91 Melbourne
- R8: Melbourne 49-53 Brisbane
Port Adelaide (WLWWL)
- R4: Port Adelaide 89-41 West Coast
- R5: Brisbane 85-48 Port Adelaide
- R6: Port Adelaide 63-46 GWS
- R7: Carlton 61-64 Port Adelaide
- R8: Port Adelaide 44-73 St Kilda
Melbourne vs Port Adelaide Head to Head (last five matches)
Port Adelaide have won three of the last five matches against the Demons.
- R1 2019: Melbourne 61-87 Port Adelaide
- R14 2018: Port Adelaide 75-65 Melbourne
- R18 2017: Melbourne 88-65 Port Adelaide
- R21 2016: Port Adelaide 54-94 Melbourne
- R10 2016: Melbourne 76-121 Port Adelaide
Melbourne vs Port Adelaide Preview and Prediction
The Demons fought bravely against the Lions, only losing the match by a mere four points.
A promising sign for the Demons was their ability to match it with the best in the competition, showing they pose a real threat if they make finals football.
However, there are still some issues defensively, Melbourne allowed Brisbane to score at a rate of 64.3% when entering inside 50.
Melbourne will look to improve their cohesion between their midfield and the dominant authority figure of Max Gawn in the ruck, Gawn won 41 hit-outs against Brisbane, but Melbourne lost the clearances by a margin of 13.
Clayton Oliver was impressive for the Demons, finishing the match with 28 disposals, 10 tackles and 17 contested possessions.
Meanwhile, Port Adelaide disappointingly lost their second game of the season against the rising Saints.
The Power lost control in the last term conceding five goals to two behinds, succumbing to the constant Saints forward half pressure.
Port Adelaide will be applying close detail to the strengths that Melbourne has in the contest, with the likes of Oliver, Jack Viney and Christian Petracca in red hot form.
Ollie Wines was the best player for the Power on a dull night finishing the match with 17 disposals, five tackles and five clearances.
Although Port Adelaide have been the strongest side of 2020 and will look to bounce back this week, I believe an upset is on the cards with the Demons winning a close encounter.
Melbourne vs Port Adelaide Team News
The Demons will most likely make a couple changes with Tom McDonald coming into the side after impressing in the scratch match whilst Adam Tomlinson is also pushing for a call up.
Port Adelaide will make at least one change with Todd Marshall having surgery on his thumb, Riley Bonner is also a doubt after an injury scare.
The two sides last met last season which saw Port Adelaide come away with a 26-point victory.
Demons vs Power Stats
- Melbourne have led at quarter time in the last six H2H’s
- The away team has won seven of the past 11
- When these sides have faced off at a neutral venue the Power have won every match
- It’s been 15 years since Melbourne scored above 100 against the Power
- Melbourne haven’t won at the Gabba since 2013
Demons vs Power Best Bet