Melbourne will need to come together when they take on the Gold Coast Suns.
MELBOURNE v GOLD COAST
Sunday, April 20, 3:20pm (AEST)
Gary Ablett loves playing on the MCG and a favourable match-up against Melbourne could result in a massive performance by the best player in the competition. Aside from the little maestro, there is plenty to like about this match-up. The Dees should be up and about after their first win of the season last week, while the Suns will be keen to rebound from last week's shocker against the Hawks.
- Jack Trengove is out for the season after having foot surgery
- Melbourne have scored just 209 points so far this year, easily the worst in the competition
- The Demons haven't won two matches in a row since Rounds 13-14 in 2011.
- Gold Coast rank last in the AFL for marks inside forward 50
- Nathan Bock played a full game in NEAFL on the weekend
- Harley Bennell is still yet to play this season due to calf problems
"(Jay) Kennedy-Harris came to me and said, 'Can I play this week? Can I play this week?" Paul Roos said. "I said, 'Leave it with me, I know the bloke who picks the team.' I said to him before the (Blues) game, 'Don't worry, I spoke to him (the coach, and) you're in'."
Max Gawn (hamstring) - test
Jesse Hogan (back) - 4-6 weeks
Vic Michie (jaw) - 4-6 weeks
Luke Tapscott (hamstring) - 1 weeks
Dean Terlich (groin) - test
Jack Trengove (foot) - season
Harley Bennell (calf) - 1-2 weeks
Charlie Dixon (groin) - 1-2 weeks
Karmichael Hunt (concussion) - test
Jesse Lonergan (hand) - 1-2 weeks
Jack Martin (shoulder) - indefinite
Zac Smith (knee) - TBC
Seb Tape - (hamstring) - test
Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)
L 20 Western Bulldogs
L 17 St Kilda
L 93 West Coast
L 32 GWS
W 23 Carlton
W 83 GWS
W 18 Richmond
L 48 Fremantle
W 53 Brisbane Lions
L 99 Hawthorn
Last 5 between clubs
Pen Gary Ablett in for a monster game. In the corresponding clash last year he had 38 touches and polled the three Brownlow votes.
Cold hard fact
Gold Coast have only won once at the MCG – against Melbourne in 2013.
These are the type of matches the Suns simply must win if they want to challenge for the finals come the end of the season. Gold Coast have made great strides this year and are expected to win this match and win it well. But they won't have it all their own way against the spirited Dees and don't be surprised if this match is quite close. But with Ablett pulling strings in the midfield, it's too hard to go against the Suns.
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