Melbourne are looking for an upset over Port. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
Melbourne v Port Adelaide
Tio Traeger Park, Alice Springs
Saturday May 31 – 1:40 PM (AEST)
Port Adelaide: WLWWW
Tio Traeger Park (Alice Springs) will host a classic David and Goliath battle, when the Demons and Power clash on Saturday.
The Demons have been a lot more competitive of late after a dismal start to the season, recording two wins from their past three matches, temporarily moving themselves from the foot of the ladder. Having benefited from a bye last week after upsetting Richmond in round nine, there’s no reason why Melbourne won’t be able to put in their best performance of the year against the competition leaders. James Frawley is expected to make a return to the Demons side in place for the suspended Chris Dawes. The 25-year-old sat out the Richmond game with a minor toe injury, but has been training all week. If passed fit, he's a handy support player for Max Gawn and Mark Jamar.
Port Adelaide came out of the blocks running this season, losing just one of nine games. Their wins haven’t just been against moderate oppostion either. With victories over fellow competition heavyweights Fremantle, Geelong and most recently, Hawthorn, Port are 'powering' in 2014. Angus Monfries will be assessed late in the week to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s clash. Monfries rolled his ankle last week in Port’s win over Hawthorn, and if he’s unable to recover, he will join suspended star midfielder Hamish Hartlett on the sidelines.
Port have been the competition’s early-season over-achievers. Even if the Power are without Monfries and Hartlett, they are still capable of running away with this weekend’s match. Forward Jay Shulz has been in inspiring form for the Power this season and will fancy adding to his 26 goals in the Alice.
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