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  • Melbourne Demons vs GWS Giants predictions for Saturday's AFL Round 16 match
  • The match is being played at MCG (4.45am BST)
  • Melbourne have seen 13 of their 14 matches decided by 1-39 points this season
  • The Dees are tipped to maintain top spot on the ladder
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Freetips staff 01 Jul 2021
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Melbourne Demons vs GWS Giants Predictions


Melbourne are tipped to be too strong for GWS at the MCG. Thirteen of the Demons' 14 matches this season have been decided by a 1-39-point margin and another is predicted GWS to keep it close encounter.

  • Melbourne Demons have seen 13 of their 14 matches decided by 1-39 points this season
  • Melbourne Demons has won their last 4 matches at the MCG by a margin of 1-39 points
  • Melbourne Demons' Christian Petracca averages 28 disposals a game this season 
  • GWS Giants have won 1 of their last 4 matches
  • GWS Giants' Toby Greene has kicked a goal in every match he has played this season

Head to Head


Melbourne have won five of the last seven matches against GWS Giants, who won the last meeting at the MCG in 2019 by 26 points.

The Demons won by five points in Round 17 of the 2019 season and were also victorious against the Giants in Round 3 last year by 34 points at Manuka Oval. 

Since the Giants' inception in 2012, they have defeated Melbourne at the MCG twice from six attempts. Overall, Melbourne have the edge with eight wins from 14 matches. 

Melbourne Demons Form


Last week ladder leaders Melbourne overcame a late scare to defeat Essendon Bombers by 11 points at the MCG.

Although they remain a win clear at the top, the Demons' last month has conveyed mixed signals of the side’s true form. 

They beat fellow flag fancies Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs, but lost to 15th placed Collingwood and just scraped over the line against the inexperienced Bombers.

Melbourne are a game clear on top of the AFL ladder, with 12 wins and two losses after 15 rounds of the 2021 AFL season. 

Melbourne Demons Team News


Nathan Jones is ruled out injured for the Dees, who have chosen not to hand Ben Brown a recall to the AFL.

Melbourne Demons Team List


B: Hunt, May, Lever
HB: Hibberd, Petty, Salem
C: Jordon, Petracca, Langdon
HF: Viney, McDonald, Spargo
F: Neal-Bullen, Jackson, Fritsch
FOLL: Gawn, Oliver, Pickett
I/C: Harmes, Brayshaw, Rivers, Sparrow
EMG: Bowey, vandenBerg, Chandler, Brown

GWS Giants Form


The Giants squandered a chance to jump into the eight after Richmond’s shortcoming last Friday night. 

GWS failed to take advantage of the Tigers' slip up as they lost 90-72 to the 17th placed Hawthorn.

In the weeks prior, GWS easily accounted for Carlton at Giants Stadium by 36 points, with Toby Greene and Jeremy Finlayson combining for nine goals. 

A fortnight ago they drew with bottom side North Melbourne in Tasmania, after Daniel Lloyd was able to register a score in the dying seconds. 

Greater Western Sydney have a 6-1-7 record heading into round 15 placing them 10th on the AFL ladder. 

GWS Giants Team News


Shane Mumford is back in the Giants side after being rested last week, and Tom Green is fit again following injury.

The Giants have left out Sam Reid, Matt de Boer and Kieren Briggs.

GWS Giants Team List


B: Buckley, David, Ash
HB: Perryman, Haynes, Cumming
C: Kelly, Ward, Whitfield
HF: Daniels, Himmelberg, Hill
F: Greene, Finlayson, Lloyd
FOLL: Mumford, Taranto, Hopper
I/C: Kennedy, Idun, Flynn, Green
EMG: Reid, de Boer, Briggs, O’Halloran

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Verdict

The Giants can move into the top eight with a win against Melbourne doing wonders for their final’s aspirations. But the Demons are tipped to edge a close encounter.

Toby Greene is tipped for a goal with Christian Petracca to get 25+ disposals.

Best Bet: Demons by 1-39 Winning Margin @120.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Multi Bet: Greene 1+/Petracca 25+ Toby Greene Goals / Christian Petracca Disposals @-133.33 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units

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