Jack Watts is a key Demon in 2014. Image courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au/Wayne Ludbey/Herald Sun
MELBOURNE v WEST COAST
Sunday March 30, 2.20pm (AEST)
Melbourne's draftee goalsneak Jay Kennedy-Harris is an excitement machine and we reckon the elusive small forward will enjoy switching on the afterburners on the wide expanses of the MCG. We just hope Bruce McAvaney doesn't get too excited.
- West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy will play his 100th match for the Eagles. He played another 22 for Carlton before heading west in 2008
- Ruckman/forward Max Gawn was amongst Casey's best in the VFL and is set to come into Melbourne's team, easing a desperate shortage of talls
- West Coast's Dean Cox will play his 275th match on Sunday against Melbourne, equalling the record of St Kilda's Stephen Milne for the most games in history by a player who began his career on the rookie list
"I'd love to take the scoreboards down in our games and I say that in all seriousness," Roos said during the week with a hint of a grin. I don't know whether I can that across the line - we're playing at the MCG, it's a bloody big scoreboard they've got there. "Maybe I can talk to Andrew (Demetriou), he's leaving at the end of the year, I can get him to whip it down."
Last five games (includes 2013 season)
L 13 Gold Coast
L 95 Fremantle
L 68 Adelaide
L 20 Western Bulldogs
L 17 St Kilda
W 53 Essendon
L 66 Geelong
L 62 Collingwood
L 86 Adelaide
W 65 Western Bulldogs
Last five between clubs
One certainty about Melbourne is that Nathan Jones will always perform for your fantasy team. Last weekend he grabbed 38 possessions against the Saints and that earned 192 Sportal AFL Fantasy points. Only Gary Ablett and Jobe Watson scored higher.
Cold hard fact
Melbourne was ranked equal-last in Round 1 for clearances with just 30 against a depleted St Kilda midfield, while West Coast was equal-fourth with 42.
The only challenge facing the Eagles is the travel factor. West Coast has won just two of 14 games at the MCG since 2008. But don't get too excited Demons fans: both those wins came at the expense of Melbourne. Adam Simpson's side should easily account for a Demons side that's already down on confidence. West Coast by 38 points.
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