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16 Jul 2021
Freetips staff 16 Jul 2021
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  • Melbourne Demons vs Hawthorn tips for Saturday's AFL Round 18 match
  • The match is being played at the MCG (7.35am BST)
  • Melbourne have won the last 4 games in a row against Hawthorn
  • The Dees are tipped to dominate the struggling Hawks
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Melbourne Demons can cover the handicap against Hawthorn (Getty Images)

Melbourne Demons vs Hawthorn Predictions

The Demons moved back into first place on the ladder after an impressive win against Port Adelaide. Hawthorn are 17th and need to pull off a miracle to keep clear from the wooden spoon. 

This is tipped to be a one-sided affair with Melbourne to cover a big handicap.

  • Melbourne Demons have won the last 4 games in a row against Hawthorn. 
  • Melbourne Demons won the earlier this year 104-54 against Hawthorn. 
  • Hawthorn have only won 1 match out of 6 at the MCG in 2021. 
  • Hawthorn were beaten by 62 points by Fremantle Dockers last week.

Head to Head 

Melbourne comfortably beat Hawthorn 104-54 in Round 5 this season. The streak now moves to 4 wins in a row as the Demons look to close the all-time gap between their historic foes. 

The wins total currently stand at 87-79 in favour of Hawthorn. 

Melbourne Demons Form


Melbourne regained top position on the ladder after defeating Port Adelaide by 31 points away from home last week. 

It was an impressive performance at the Adelaide Oval after stumbling against the mercurial GWS Giants the week before.

The win over Port was led by superstar Christian Petracca, who regained form with 33 disposals and three goals in the contest. 

The Demons have a clear dominance in the contested ball statistics this season. 

Melbourne Demons Team News

Although full forward Ben Brown was scoreless last Thursday, he retains his place in an unchanged line-up.

Simon Goodwin has resisted rushing Sam Weiderman back into AFL action.

Melbourne Demons Team List

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

Hawthorn Form

Only three weeks ago, Hawthorn looked back in form and looking likely to lift from the bottom end of the ladder.

However, the last two weeks have resulted in heavy defeats against Port Adelaide and Fremantle Dockers, who defeated the Hawks by 62 points last week.

The Hawks are now back to fighting to steer clear of their first wooden spoon since 1965.

They currently sit two premiership points from North Melbourne, who have also found form. 

Hawthorn Team News 

Defensive icon Changkuoth Jiath sustained a PCL injury and will likely miss the remainder of the season. 

Jack Scrimshaw also misses this week’s clash due to concussion protocols, and Jon Ceglar is also ruled out. 

Blake Hardwick was a late withdraw last week due to a hamstring complaint and is not named.

Mitch Lewis, Ned Reeves and Tim O’Brien come in for the Hawks.

Hawthorn Team List 

B: Grainger-Barras, Hartigan, Howe
HB: Burgoyne, Frost, Bramble
C: Moore, Worpel, Phillips
HF: Jeka, Breust, O’Meara
F: Koschitzke, O’Brien, Lewis
FOL: McEvoy, Mitchell, Shiels
I/C: Reeves, Greaves, Nash, Brockman
EMG: Hanrahan, Cousins, Hartley, Newcombe

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With Melbourne back in form, the Demons are firm favourites to win once again at the MCG. Even with a -43.5 handicap, they should be too good for struggling Hawthorn.

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