Melbourne Demons vs Geelong Cats Tips and Odds – AFL Preliminary Finals 2021

Optus Stadium will play host to Friday's AFL game between Melbourne Demons and Geelong Cats. The game kicks off at 7:50 pm with Melbourne Demons heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Melbourne Demons vs. Geelong Cats game and give you our free tips and bets.

When: Friday September 10, 2021 at 7:50 pm

Where: Optus Stadium

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Let’s address the elephant in the room:

Can we trust Melbourne?

The Demons have proven time and time again in 2021 that we can, but then images of their last Prelim hit out in 2018 or Jim Stynes running through the mark in 1987 to allow Gary Buckernara to kick a goal to put the Hawks in the Grand Final linger deep in our minds.

Is this the year the Demons can put, well, their Demons to rest?

Melbourne will be fresh from a week off after getting the job done over the Lions in Week 1 of the finals.

They’ve beaten Geelong in both of their meetings this season, one in a convincing matter in Round 4 and then that epic comeback punctuated by that big Max Gawn kick after the siren back in Round 23.

Geelong is in yet another Preliminary Final and did what they did best last week, recording a big win in a Semi-Final over the Giants after a poor performance in Week 1.

The Cats’ consistency at the business end of the season over the past 15-years has to be admired, and with their aging list, they’ve thrown the kitchen sink for another tilt at a flag.

Last week’s 35-point win over GWS was the best performance we’ve seen from Geelong in the past month, having been rather ordinary in the lead up including dropping that 44-point lead to the Dees only a few weeks back.

Based on current form, the Demons have won their past five games on the trot, and their past two over the Cats.

Melbourne has also covered the lune in five out of their last six against Geelong.

The Demons can be trusted and at the time of publishing $1.48 favorites, with the Cats as $2.65 underdogs.

I think you can trust them, but it will be close.

Take the Demons 1-24 points for a bit of value to make their first Grand Final in 21 years.

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Melbourne Demons vs Geelong Cats Teams


B: C.Salem, S.May, J.Lever

HB: J.Bowey, H.Petty, T.Rivers

C: T.Sparrow, C.Petracca, E.Langdon

HF: B.Fritsch, T.McDonald, J.Viney

F: A.Neal-Bullen, B.Brown, C.Spargo

FOLL: M.Gawn, C.Oliver, A.Brayshaw

I/C: J.Harmes, L.Jackson, M.Hibberd, K.Pickett

EMG: N.Jones, J.Melksham, J.Jordon, K.Chandler

IN: M.Hibberd

OUT: J.Smith (injured), J.Jordon (sub)


B: J.Henry, L.Henderson, Z.Tuohy

HB: J.Kolodjashnij, M.Blicavs, J.Bews

C: M.Duncan, C.Guthrie, I.Smith

HF: E.Ratugolea, J.Cameron, G.Rohan

F: S.Menegola, T.Hawkins, G.Miers

FOLL: R.Stanley, J.Selwood, P.Dangerfield

I/C: T.Atkins, Z.Guthrie, M.Holmes, B.Close

EMG: L.Dahlhaus, S.Simpson, D.Fort, S.Higgins

IN: Nil

OUT: B.Parfitt (injured)