Game Day GDT(Rnd 8): The Cursed? Season: House of the Rising Sunrise/set Vs Gold Coast: @ Metricon Stadium 16:35

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Match preview: Gold Coast v Melbourne
Where and when: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, May 11, 4.35pm AEST
Last time they met: MCG, round 20, 2018: Melbourne 21.17 (143) d Gold Coast 7.5 (47).
It was one-way traffic from the first bounce with the finals-bound Demons kicking nine goals to one in the opening quarter and never being challenged. Jesse Hogan kicked four goals and Clayton Oliver had 31 touches and two goals for the winners, while Alex Sexton kicked five goals for a Suns team missing leaders Tom Lynch, Steven May and David Swallow among many others.
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What it means for Gold Coast: The warm and fuzzy feeling around the Suns after three straight wins earlier in the season is starting to wear off. After being soundly beaten by Adelaide and Brisbane they showed plenty of spirit to scare West Coast at the weekend and will want a similar showing in front of the home fans on Saturday.
What it means for Melbourne: Following a horror start to the year the Demons stopped the rot with a narrow win over Hawthorn and would see this match as an opportunity to build on that and continue reviving their season.
How Gold Coast wins: At their best – like the second half against West Coast – the Suns have been a hard team to beat at the contest and one that rebounds well from half-back. Beat Melbourne in tight and then be prepared to take the game on and play more directly.
How Melbourne wins: Even though they've been well below their 2018 form, the Demons have to win the ball in tight. These teams play a similar contested game, but Melbourne have bigger and stronger bodies around the contest. Gold Coast can also be pressured into errors if the intensity is up.

The stat: Melbourne generates the third most inside 50s of any team in the competition – trailing only Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs - yet is ranked 17th for total points scored. The team sitting on the bottom for points scored? Gold Coast.
The match-up: Max Gawn v Jarrod Witts
The battle of the ruck giants is an obvious one for teams that play such a contested game. Gawn (112) has the most hitouts to advantage of any ruckman in the competition, but Witts is also having a terrific under-the-radar season, ranked second in that category with 82.
It's a big week for: Simon Goodwin. The relief in defeating the Hawks last Saturday was there for all to see, but a loss against the Suns would heap the scrutiny back on Melbourne's coach.

Big call: Neither team to top 70 points
Prediction: Demons by 11 points

Can the season be resurrected or is it done? We'll find out.

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Hilarious that the major outlier among our margins v Gold Coast is a two point win. Do we have the best percentage against them of any team in the company? Definitely wouldn’t have the best win/loss record, but almost definitely the highest average winning margin.
 

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Demons by 32. Going to kick start this season. Brayshaw best on with 34 and 3. Witts matches Gawn but our midfield dominates. Salem to get 25 with 90% kicking efficiency.
 

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We’ve been largely poop all season but I think we’ll win this by a few goals, hopefully gain some momentum and who knows, maybe challenge the Eagles next weekend.

Dees by 26 points.
 

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Kick off in three hours. Starting to get excited as I have not been to the footy for 4 to 5 years.

If anyone shouts good catch or catch it instead of Mark I will be triggered...

I have no idea who will win this.
 
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Kick off in three hours. Starting to get excited as I have not been to the footy for 4 to 5 years.

If anyone shouts good catch or catch it instead of Mark I will be triggered...

I have no idea who will win this.
I can't be the only one to spot the irony of you being triggered by someone saying catch instead of mark, while referring to the start of the match as kick off ;)
 
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