2020 AFL – North Melbourne vs St. Kilda Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is North Melbourne vs St. Kilda taking place? Sunday 22nd March, 2020 – 02:10 (UK) / 13:10 (local)

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

What television channel is North Melbourne vs St. Kilda 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 North Melbourne vs St. Kilda? 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 North Melbourne vs St. Kilda? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTH MELBOURNE

  • North Melbourne were inconsistent for the majority of the 2019 AFL season which saw them end with 10 wins and 12 losses, falling eight points short of a spot in the finals.
  • The Kangaroos were able to win three of their last four fixtures last time around and will be hoping they can build on that at the start of this campaign as they attempt to mount a challenge on the top eight.
  • North Melbourne will be able to call upon Ben Brown after he overcame a calf injury that has been causing him problems and they will also hand debuts to Aiden Bonar, Josh Walker and Tristan Xerri.

ST. KILDA

  • St. Kilda were made to pay for a mid-season collapse after they went on a run of 11 games where they managed just two victories and that ultimately cost them a spot in the finals.
  • The Saints also failed to perform at the end of the season with just one win from four but if they can produce a similar start to 2019 and perform more consistently during the rest of the campaign, a top eight spot is more than achievable.
  • Max King will make his long-awaited debut for the Saints following his selection as the number four overall pick in the 2018 draft with St. Kilda also handing debuts to Dan Butler, Dougal Howard, Paddy Ryder, Bradley Hill and Zak Jones.

THE PREDICTION

North Melbourne and St. Kilda both missed out on the finals in 2019 and will need to find more consistency in this new campaign if they are to make it into the play-offs this time around. St. Kilda have plenty of new faces in the line-up that they have named for this season opener and they should be boosted by those, particularly Max King. The Kangaroos were solid at home last year and although the Saints struggled on the road, they should be able to start this season in a positive way with victory here.

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