2020 AFL – Melbourne vs Richmond Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Melbourne vs Richmond taking place? Sunday 5th July, 2020 – 06:35 (UK)

Where is Melbourne vs Richmond taking place? MCG, Melbourne

What television channel is Melbourne vs Richmond on? In the UK, five matches each week will be televised on BT Sport and you can see their schedule here. For the TV channel in Australia, visit this link

Where can I stream Melbourne vs Richmond? If the match is televised in the UK, then BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream it live via BT Sport Player. Additionally, those with a Watch AFL subscription can stream any 2020 AFL match live (outside of Australia). Those in Australia can stream any match live via AFL Live Pass

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne vs Richmond? Click here for ticket information on 2020 AFL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE

  • Melbourne were unable to make it back-to-back wins following their enforced week off as they were edged out in a dramatic contest against Geelong Cats last week to leave the Demons with just one win this season.
  • The Demons were made to pay for a poor third quarter as they left themselves with too much to do in the final quarter, falling just three points short in their attempt to fight their way back into the contest.
  • Despite last week’s defeat, the Demons managed to avoid any suspensions or injuries so they have opted to name the same side as they attempt to get back to winning ways.

RICHMOND

  • Reigning premiers Richmond struggled once again last week as they suffered their second consecutive loss and through four matches of the defence of their title, the Tigers have managed just one win so far.
  • The Tigers were heavily beaten by St. Kilda as the Saints were able to come out on top in each of the four quarters last week and they must make big improvements if they are to remain in touch at the right end of the ladder.
  • Last week’s defeat has prompted big changes with the injured David Astbury sidelined along with Jack Ross, Shai Bolton and Sydney Stack with Daniel Rioli, Jake Aarts, Mabior Chol and Noah Balta coming into the side.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne were narrowly beaten by Geelong Cats last week but they will take plenty of encouragement from that performance. They now face reigning premiers Richmond who will be eager to get back to winning ways after a poor start to the season. They have failed to win any of their last three and were extremely poor last week in what was a worrying performance which, if replicated, should allow the Demons to be competitive with a 12.5 start benefiting them greatly.

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