Sunday, April 24 from 7.10pm at the MCG – watch on Channel 7, Foxtel
MELBOURNE and Richmond meet at the MCG on Sunday night in a match-up that both teams simply cannot afford to lose.
The Demons have been terrific at stages this season and abysmal in others.
Their round one win against the Giants was arguably their best win of the season; but the Dees were unable to back it up a week later; losing to an Essendon team that was not expected to win a single game in 2016.
The Demons have not won two games in a row since 2011 but Paul Roos’ men will be supremely confident they can break the duck on Sunday night.
The Tigers have their backs against the wall after three losses in a row.
Last week’s match against the Eagles in Perth was borderline uncompetitive for the visitors, who were out of the contest after just one quarter.
A loss against the Demons on Sunday night could almost rule them out of finals action – even at this early stage.
It all bodes for a magnificent contest.
We have taken a look at the disposal lines for Sunday’s match up and we have picked four of the best bets for this ANZAC day eve.
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There has been a lot of conjecture around the Richmond captain’s impact on games over the opening month of football, but one thing Trent Cotchin has been doing is producing exceptional possession counts.
Cotchin has averaged 30 touches across the opening four matches to start the season.
His most prolific outing in 2016 was a huge 38-dispoal game against Collingwood in round two; a stark reminder just how productive the 26-year-old can be.
After another tough week of media scrutiny around the Tigers, the captain will be keen to put in a huge performance to help his team to their second win of the season.
We are backing the Cotch to amass 35 or more touches against a Melbourne side who will trust their own midfield to win out against the Tiger on-ballers.
Pick your own disposal line: Trent Cotchin to get 35 or more disposals – $4.30
After an eventful off-season which threatened to derail his season, Dustin Martin has struggled to get into the groove of 2016.
After a month to get his head back into the game though, Dustin Martin looks ready to break out and have a huge match – and what better occasion than the MCG on ANZAC day eve?
The last time Dustin Martin took to the MCG he was able to put together a 30-touch game against Collingwood and we are backing Dusty to emulate his round two feats and get past that threshold once again.
Pick your own disposal line Dustin Martin to get 30 or more disposals – $3.30
What a season the son of Todd is having.
Only once this season has Viney failed to surpass 28 touches in a game, and he has surpassed the 30 disposal mark twice in 2016.
Viney has turned himself into one of Melbourne’s most reliable possession gatherers and we are backing him to get 30 or more on Sunday night.
Pick your own disposal line Jack Viney to get 30 or more disposals – $2.20
We are going for a prodigious young on-baller at odds here to get a big disposal tally.
Dom Tyson has had a decent start to the season, averaging 21 disposals across the opening month, but we are confident the bright lights of Sunday night against the Tigers will bring out his best.
The former Giant has shown in the past he is more than capable of amassing mass disposals if given the chance.
Viney and Jones will take all the opposition’s attention; giving Tyson the opportunity to slip under the radar.
The double-figure return on Tyson to get 30 or more touches is too hard to ignore and is our best bet at odds.
Pick your own disposal line Dom Tyson to get 30 or more disposals – $10.00