As Round 8 of the AFL season approaches we take a look at the game between Melbourne Demons and Brisbane Lions which is to be played at Metricon Stadium on Sunday. Brisbane Lions are the favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 6:10 pm. We preview the upcoming Melbourne Demons vs. Brisbane Lions game and give you the latest odds, tips and teams.
When: Sunday July 26, 2020 at 6:10 pm
Where: Metricon Stadium
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Melbourne Demons vs Brisbane Lions Odds
Melbourne Demons vs Brisbane Lions Preview
Melbourne Demons have rallied splendidly from their 1–3 start, outlasting Gold Coast by 17 points and putting Hawthorn to the sword by 43 points in the past fortnight.
Christian Petracca was the name on everyone’s lips after racking up 29 disposals and a remarkable 14 score involvements against the Hawks. After an indifferent 2019, Petracca has truly arrived this season. And with the likes of Max Gawn and Clayton Oliver also playing great footy, the Dees have re-emerged as an AFL premiership smoky.
Brisbane Lions, meanwhile, are sailing along in second spot with a 5–2 record. After suffering their first loss since the restart to Geelong – a 27-point defeat in round 6 – the Lions put away high-profile GWS by 20 points last Saturday.
Brownlow Medal favourite Lachie Neale was again influential, but defender Harris Andrews was arguably best on ground and Dayne Zorko also starred.
Melbourne’s four-match winning run against Brisbane came to an end in round 15 last season courtesy of the Lions’ 33-point victory at the Gabba. Eric Hipwood starred with five goals, while Lachie Neale had a massive 38 disposals.
A fascinating contest that is sure to split AFL round 8 tips down the middle. Petracca v Neale will be worth tuning in for alone. The Demons can parlay their new-found momentum into an upset here.
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Melbourne Demons vs Brisbane Lions Teams
B: M.Hibberd, S.May, J.Lockhart
HB: C.Salem, J.Lever, O.McDonald
C: E.Langdon, C.Oliver, B.Fritsch
HF: J.Melksham, S.Weideman, J.Harmes
F: K.Pickett, M.Hannan, H.Bennell
FOLL: M.Gawn, C.Petracca, J.Viney
I/C: N.Jones, L.Jackson, A.Brayshaw, N.Jetta
EMG: Tomlinson, Neal-Bullen, T.McDonald, J.Smith
OUT: Vandenberg (injured)
B: R.Lester, H.Andrews, D.Gardiner
HB: D.Rich, G.Birchall, B.Starcevich
C: M.Robinson, D.Zorko, H.McCluggage
HF: J.Berry, E.Hipwood, C.Rayner
F: Z.Bailey, D.McStay, C.Cameron
FOLL: O.McInerney, J.Lyons, L.Neale
I/C: C.Ah Chee, L.McCarty, T.Berry, A.Smith
EMG: K.Coleman, A.Witherden, R.Mathieson, C.Ballenden
OUT: Martin (injured)