Bottom Of The Table Battle

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Richmond v Melbourne
Saturday May 17 – 1:40 PM (AEST)

Melbourne: WLLLWL

Richmond face the Demons at the MCG on Saturday afternoon in a match between two early-season wooden spoon contenders.

It may be a premature call, but this match could prove decisive in the sport's unwanted honour. You wouldn’t think Richmond would be hanging around the bottom of the table, especially after finishing in 5th spot last season. But their start to the season has been abysmal, and with just two wins from seven matches, coach Damien Hardwick would expect a lot more from his side. Young half-back Ben Lennon will finally make his debut for the club after a number of impressive performances in the VFL. Last year’s number 12 draft pick will replace veteran Chris Newman who has been ruled out with a calf injury.

Of the two sides, Melbourne looks the more likely to remain at the bottom of the table come the end of the season. But they will have their work cut out against a Richmond side which can ill-afford to lose. James Frawley will miss the match with a hamstring problem, but halfback Dean Terlich has proved his fitness in training this week and will start. Dees coach Paul Roos has only made one change to his squad since round six, with Colin Garland coming in for Alex Georgiou, but this week he's been forced to bring in two - Max Gawn and youngster Aidan Riley.

The Tigers have won the past four meetings leading up to Saturday’s match and it’s hard to back against them this time around. This probably won't be the best game of the season, but at least it should be tight. Richmond probably have too much firepower for the Demons to handle and expect forward Jack Riewoldt to notch up a couple of goals.

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