2019 AFL – St Kilda vs Melbourne Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is St Kilda vs Melbourne taking place? Saturday 27th July – 10:25 (UK) / 19:25 (AEST)

Where is St Kilda vs Melbourne taking place? Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

What television channel is St Kilda vs Melbourne on? Not shown live in the UK / Channel 7/Foxtel in Australia

Where can I stream St Kilda vs Melbourne? 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 St Kilda vs Melbourne? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ST KILDA

  • St Kilda Saints managed to keep their faint hopes of making the finals alive as they ended their four-match losing streak with a comfortable victory at home to the Western Bulldogs last week.
  • Another home fixture against Melbourne Demons presents them with a chance to make it back-to-back wins but in a game they are expected to win, a surprise defeat would leave their hopes of making the top 8 in tatters.
  • The Saints make just the single change to last week’s winning team with Ben Long back in the side at half forward and he replaces Matthew Parker who has been omitted but Jack Steven has still been unable to force his way back into the side.

MELBOURNE

  • Melbourne Demons put in a solid performance as they gave West Coast Eagles a big scare last week but could not hold on despite leading as they entered the final quarter of the game.
  • That loss only served to highlight what a disappointing season the Demons have had as they languish just one place above bottom side Gold Coast Suns with them lacking that extra bit of quality to put in consistent displays for the full 80 minutes.
  • Steven May is out after picking up a hamstring injury last week and will be joined on the sidelines by Braydon Preuss and Jay Lockhart who are both omitted with Oskar Bakar and Tim Smith called-up following strong VFL displays whilst Oscar McDonald is also named.

THE PREDICTION

St Kilda ended their four-game losing streak at just the right time as they ensured that they still have a chance of making the finals. It looks like they will need to win-out from this point on to give themselves a real chance of finishing in the top 8 but they can make it back-to-back wins as they host Melbourne. The visitors have only won two of their last nine fixtures and that record looks like it will be made worse here.

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