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Port Adelaide vs Melbourne Demons Predictions & Tips - Power's top four troubles to continue

  • Port Adelaide vs Melbourne Demons predictions for Thursday's AFL Round 17 match
  • The match is being played at the Adelaide Oval (10.40am BST)
  • Port Adelaide have not beaten a side inside the top 4 this season
  • Melbourne Demons are tipped to win by 1-39
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
Port Adelaide vs Melbourne Demons
Xavier Duursma could be a big inclusion for Port Adelaide this week. (Getty)
Justin Darcy 07 Jul 2021
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Port Adelaide vs Melbourne Demons Tips


Port Adelaide have won their last three matches, but now come up against a side inside the top four. They have not been able to beat a top four outfit this season.

Melbourne have lost two of their last three matches, but have an opportunity to get back on track. They are tipped to win another key game.

  • Port Adelaide have beaten Melbourne Demons in their last 4 meetings
  • Port Adelaide have not beaten a side inside the top 4 this season
  • Melbourne Demons have the best defence in the competition this season

Head to Head


Port Adelaide have won eight of their last 10 clashes with Melbourne Demons. Power have won the last three in a row.

Port Adelaide Form


Port Adelaide have been in good form of late, only dropping matches to teams inside the top four on the ladder.

Although they have been given a scare in the last few weeks, they have still pulled out all punches and come out on top against Gold Coast Suns, Sydney Swans and Hawthorn

Tackling Melbourne is a different beast as the Power have struggled against for four sides this season.

If they can win this match, they are a serious chance for the Grand Final, but they just need to beat one of the best sides before we can confirm just how good form Power are in.

Port Adelaide Team News 


Tom Clurey and Zak Butters returns for Port Adelaide in two changes from last week.

The pair have been sidelined since Round 9 and Round 4 respectively, but replace the injured Kane Farrell and the droppedMartin Frederick and Riley Bonner.

No chances have been taken with Xavier Duursma, who is not ready to return from his knee injury.

Port Adelaide Team List 


B: Clurey, McKenzie, Aliir
HB: Burton, Jonas, Byrne-Jones
C: Bergman, Wines, Amon
HF: Rozee, Marshall, Motlop
F: Georgiades, Dixon, Butters
FOLL: Lycett, Boak, Drew
I/C: Powell-Pepper, Houston, Mayes, Lienert
EMG: Frederick, Woodcock, Garner, Ladhams

Melbourne Demons Form 


Melbourne Demons have been the dominant force this season, but that form has just slightly tapered in the last few weeks.

The Dees have lost to both Collingwood and the GWS Giants in the last three matches with a nervy win over Essendon Bombers sandwich in between.

Prior to that they played to a high level in wins over premiership rivals the Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs.

They are 12-3 for the season but the loss to the Giants last week as seen the Bulldogs take top spot from the Dees.

Melbourne Demons Team News


Ben Brown is handed a recall by the Demons for his first start since Round 9.

Tom Sparrow is the one to make way in the only change for the Dees.

Melbourne Demons Team List 


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

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Verdict

Melbourne are backed to get their mojo back and win this one by 1-39 points.

Best Bet: Melbourne 1-39 Winning Margin @140.00 at BetMGM - 5 Units

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