Sunday’s (19/07/2015) first AFL 2015 Round 16 match is between Melbourne Demons and Brisbane Lions. The opening bounce is set to commence at 13:10 local time with the game to be played at MCG. The home team Melbourne Demons are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne Demons and Brisbane Lions.
When: 13:10 | Sunday 19/07/2015
Tip: Melbourne Demons at $1.57
Value Tip: First Goalscorer: Garlett Jeff at $8.50
B Colin Garland, Lynden Dunn, Neville Jetta
HB Jeremy Howe, Tom McDonald, Billy Stretch
C Daniel Cross, Bernie Vince, Heritier Lumumba
HF Aaron Vandenberg, Chris Dawes, Jeff Garlett
F Angus Brayshaw, Jesse Hogan, Jack Watts
FOL Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Jack Viney
I/C Dom Tyson, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Aidan Riley, Alex Neal-Bullen, Jack Grimes, Mark Jamar, James Harmes (Three to be omitted)
IN Aidan Riley, Jack Grimes, Mark Jamar
B Justin Clarke, Daniel Merrett, Harris Andrews
HB Daniel Rich, Marco Paparone, Sam Mayes
C Dayne Zorko, Dayne Beams, Lewis Taylor
HF Jack Redden, Daniel McStay, Allen Christensen
F Stefan Martin, Brent Staker, Jed Adcock
FOL Matthew Leuenberger, Tom Rockliff, Pearce Hanley
I/C Ryan Harwood, James Aish, Mitch Robinson, Rohan Bewick, Nick Robertson, Mitch Golby, Hugh Beasley (Three to be omitted)
IN Stefan Martin, Ryan Harwood, Mitch Robinson, Mitch Golby, Hugh Beasley
OUT Darcy Gardiner (Shoulder), Jordon Bourke (Omitted).
It’s just as well AFL matches aren’t won on paper as Brisbane might be tempted not to turn up for Sunday’s home clash against high-flying Sydney, given the horrendous weight of statistics against their side.
Charging towards a fifth straight finals campaign, the 10-3 Swans will look to consolidate their top-four status and push for a top-two position by beating a club who last defeated them back in August 2009.
Sydney have won their last seven against the Lions and have only lost two of their last 18 encounters over the past 12 years.
If that wasn’t bad enough for Brisbane, Sydney will get almost 1000 goals worth of experience back, with forwards Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett both back from suspension.
Conversely, Brisbane will be without Josh Green, their leading goakicker this season.
Happily it’s not all bad news on the personnel front for the last-placed Lions, who have lost six straight and won just two of 13 games.
A number of key players are returning from injury including captain Tom Rockliff.
Also coming back are veteran defender Daniel Merrett and Pearce Hanley, who will this weekend rack up his 100th senior game.
“They’ve brought experience in the team with Merritt, Rockliff and Pearce Hanley and we’ll have to be wary of them,” Swans back Jeremy Laidler said.
He was especially cautious about the influence of inspirational skipper Rockliff.
“They need that leadership and he really drives them and if he’s up and going, they play well,” Laidler said.
“We can’t let him off the chain, he’s a quality player like the other two that have come in.”
Lions assistant coach Murray Davis will look to his midfield to limit the supply of ball to Franklin and Tippett.
“Really Tippett and `Buddy’ (Franklin) will only have an influence if our midfield group don’t apply the same amount of pressure as they did (last week) against Fremantle,” Davis said.
“They’ll have a large portion of responsibility, those midfielders, to make sure we pressure up Sydney’s mids.”
Sydney will be without fullback Ted Richards, who hasn’t fully recovered from a bout of concussion he suffered in the last round.
All odds are subject to change. Odds listed are correct at the time of the latest update.