2019 AFL – North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide taking place? Saturday 17th August – 10:25 (UK) / 19:25 (AEST)

Where is North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide taking place? Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

What television channel is North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide on? Not shown live in the UK / Channel 7/Foxtel in Australia

Where can I stream North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide? Unavailable to stream in the UK / This match can be streamed live via the AFL Live app in Australia

Where can I get tickets for North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTH MELBOURNE

  • North Melbourne Kangaroos were hammered by Geelong Cats last week to effectively end their chances of finishing in the top 8 but the manner of the defeat will be difficult to overcome this late in the season.
  • The Kangaroos managed a meagre 14 points in what was a very poor offensive showing but they now have two home matches to end the season as they attempt to right the wrongs of last week.
  • North Melbourne have made one change to last week’s side with Mason Wood dropping out and he is replaced by Sam Durdin whilst Scott Thompson will be monitored after suffering from concussion last week.

PORT ADELAIDE

  • Port Adelaide Power ended the last round in the top 8 thanks to their second win in succession which saw them leapfrog Adelaide Crows into the last finals spot with just two matches remaining.
  • The Power produced a brilliant display to see off Sydney Swans and they will now head to a North Melbourne side with little to play for other than pride as they attempt to secure their play-off spot.
  • They have made two changes to last week’s triumphant side with Xavier Duursma missing out through injury whilst Cam Sutcliffe is left out with Zak Butters and Ryan Burton both returning from injury.

THE PREDICTION

North Melbourne will want to put last week’s shocking performance behind them as soon as they can but now face a side desperate for a win to maintain their top 8 spot. Port Adelaide ended last weekend in eighth spot and will not want to give it up with just two games of the regular season remaining. They were impressive last week and with plenty on the line for them here, they should be able to get the job done and boost their chances of a spot in the finals.

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