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MELBOURNE v SYDNEY SWANS
MCG , 7:50pm AEST Friday, August 16, 2019
B: Michael Hibberd, Sam Frost, Jake Lever
HB: Nathan Jones, Marty Hore, Christian Salem
C: Kyle Dunkley, Jack Viney, Billy Stretch
HF: Corey Wagner, Bayley Fritsch, James Harmes
F: Jordan Lewis, Jake Melksham, Christian Petracca
FOL: Max Gawn, Angus Brayshaw, Clayton Oliver
I/C: Charlie Spargo, Jay Kennedy Harris, Alex Neal-Bullen, Kade Chandler
EMG: Braydon Preuss, Jayden Hunt, Jay Lockhart, Declan Keilty
IN: Marty Hore, Billy Stretch, Charlie Spargo, Alex Neal-Bullen, Kade Chandler
OUT: Harrison Petty (Injured), Oscar McDonald (Injured), Oskar Baker (Omitted), Steven May (Injured), Jayden Hunt (Omitted)
NEW: Kade Chandler
B: Callum Mills, Dane Rampe, Aliir Aliir
HB: Jake Lloyd, Tom McCartin, Jordan Dawson
C: Isaac Heeney, George Hewett, Oliver Florent
HF: Ben Ronke, Nick Blakey, Tom Papley
F: Kieren Jack, Sam Reid, Daniel Menzel
FOL: Hayden McLean, Josh P. Kennedy, Luke Parker
I/C: Ryan Clarke, Robbie Fox, James Bell, James Rowbottom
EMG: Joel Amartey, Lewis Melican, Ryley Stoddart, James Rose
IN: Kieren Jack
OUT: Zak Jones (Injured)
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Where and when: MCG, Friday August 16, 7.50pm AEST
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What it means for Melbourne: A chance to measure itself against a team in a similar situation and a team that it has already beaten this season. The wooden spoon is still a mathematical possibility for the Demons, although highly unlikely.
What it means for Sydney: The Swans can't go any higher than 14th position on the ladder but could drop as low as 17th. With two rounds to go, it's about playing the kids and looking to next year.
The stat: Melbourne has had awful trouble kicking a winning score, averaging 10 goals a game. By comparison, last year saw the Demons average 15 goals a match. Scoring is down across the competition, but that's a significant drop off.
The match-up: Clayton Oliver v George Hewett
Hewett kept Port Adelaide's Travis Boak to just 13 disposals last week, 10 below his previous lowest for the year. Oliver, ranked 11 in the Official AFL Player Ratings, is averaging 30 disposals and seven clearances this year.
It’s a big week for: Sydney's "makeshift" ruckmen
With Callum Sinclair, Sam Naismith and Darcy Cameron all sidelined, Sydney is rotating forward Sam Reid, defender Aliir Aliir and fifth-gamer Hayden McLean through the ruck. A tough test looms against All Australian Max Gawn, with the Swans beaten in the clearances last week.
Big call: Christian Petracca has quietly been building a strong season in a poor year for his team and will finish with 25 disposals and two goals against the Swans.
Prediction: Sydney by 10 points
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