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There’s been a lot of discussion in recent days about who are the most improved players in the competition but when it comes to the title of the most improved team in the AFL, Melbourne must be shortening as favourite. Last year’s Demons won only 5 games out of 22 but this year, it’s 6 out of 11 and that’s massive!

In terms of percentage, the improvement is also tremendous. Last year, they finished with just 78.6%. This year, it stands at 118.2%.

Need I say more?

Yes — there’s still today, a day upon which a win is absolutely essential in shaping the course of the remainder of 2020.

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Yes, we are in a very promising position, very much akin to 2018 imho. I also remember we were playing every week for our survival in the race to the finals in the last six weeks or so. It seemed to make us thrive, and created real momentum. If anything, our task this time is easier as we have an easier draw and a game in hand...

Having said that it could all collapse with one or two losses but it is fun while it lasts. I tip we end up in fifth position, which gives us a “home” final....

Go Dees!

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Massive game it will show us where we are at against a full strength Bulldogs outfit. I expect Tomlinson, Preuss and Tommy to have big games.

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Still Friday where I am and the game starts at 5.45am for me so it will all be over by breakfast. Looking forward to the alarm going off so I can watch the game. Should be a cracking game and it will be close up to three quarter time with our fitness making the difference in the last quarter.

Dees by 3 goals. Petracca BOG

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The first couple of wins from our run were against quite clearly the two worst teams in the AFL right now, and we comfortably beat a depleted Pies outfit who were also off a shorter break. I’m not saying we dismiss those wins but this is the major test. 

The dogs are on the same points as us but we have the better percentage, a win here gets a little separation while gets us closer to the top 6. This is most definitely an 8 pointer. 

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3 hours ago, Dees2014 said:

Yes, we are in a very promising position, very much akin to 2018 imho. I also remember we were playing every week for our survival in the race to the finals in the last six weeks or so. It seemed to make us thrive, and created real momentum. If anything, our task this time is easier as we have an easier draw and a game in hand...

Having said that it could all collapse with one or two losses but it is fun while it lasts. I tip we end up in fifth position, which gives us a “home” final....

Go Dees!

I wonder if we can request it for the Adelaide Oval!!

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Oh yes I've been waiting for this one, for years I've argued with the Footscray boys at work who's the better midfield. I think we might see an all out gun fight Oliver and Petracca vs Macrae and Bontempelli. Wow.

 

I've got a rack of beef ribs, a cape from scotch fillet and 2 dinosaur size tomahawk ribeyes, fair to say the father in law and I are going to eat like kings... Time for a beer, photos to come.

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3 hours ago, Fanatique Demon said:

I confess I'm worried about the Bulldogs game. And I'm probably not alone. 

Dogs pace worries me. They match our inside mid strength so huge contest. Its a big test and given our draw, might be the difference between finals or not !  
 

Need Weid or Tmcd to really kick a few goals 

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I’m heading to Metricon today. And I’m damn excited! This should be a cracking game. Going to be on in the middle and hope Trac, Clarry, Vines and Brayshaw get on top in there. 
Nice clear morning but winds expected to pick up during today. Hopefully not to bad. 
 

Looking forward to seeing Weids continue some strong form, loving what he is doing at the moment. Down the coast for the weekend from Brisbane so will be a nice relaxing morning before heading off to the ground! 
 

Carn Dees!! 

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2 hours ago, WERRIDEE said:

Massive game it will show us where we are at against a full strength Bulldogs outfit. I expect Tomlinson, Preuss and Tommy to have big games.

Hope your right , they are the 3 , I worry about most with their lack of speed in mind and foot, tmac and Tomlinson in particular

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2 hours ago, Josh said:

Oh yes I've been waiting for this one, for years I've argued with the Footscray boys at work who's the better midfield. I think we might see an all out gun fight Oliver and Petracca vs Macrae and Bontempelli. Wow.

 

I've got a rack of beef ribs, a cape from scotch fillet and 2 dinosaur size tomahawk ribeyes, fair to say the father in law and I are going to eat like kings... Time for a beer, photos to come.

Holy moly, all that for 2! Love it ?

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Bah, no doomsayers today please.

We're hot, we're on a roll and it's bye bye Doggies! Scummy western 'burbs types trying to rise above their rightful social station - bah to them!

PS for punters. All previous online punting failures can be rectified today. Dees a cert!

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Seems like a an eternity since we played.

Good things worth the wait. Preuss is in despite the anxiety and has already proven himself. The boys are choc full of confidence coming off 3 big wins. Onballers in fine form and the frwd structure seems to be doing really well. Should be fine. Weve got this.Dees by 36.

Then again, someone hold me. 

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This is the 8 point game for the purist in me. No tags please just let Trac, Clarry, Bray, Viney, Sparrow  go head to head with Bont, Dunkley, McRae, Libba, Smith. Put the close check on Daniel and May needs to work Naughton under the ball all day. As long as a forward or two step up and take their chances we should win this and really set ourselves for a run at it. If we lose I suspect it will show our deficiencies on the outside still and give us a chance to try and resolve any issues before a tighter run to secure a finals chance.

 

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2 hours ago, Josh said:

Oh yes I've been waiting for this one, for years I've argued with the Footscray boys at work who's the better midfield. I think we might see an all out gun fight Oliver and Petracca vs Macrae and Bontempelli. Wow.

 

I've got a rack of beef ribs, a cape from scotch fillet and 2 dinosaur size tomahawk ribeyes, fair to say the father in law and I are going to eat like kings... Time for a beer, photos to come.

That sounds bloody amazing! Enjoy mate 

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Three things will see us win:

Our defensive Setup and willingness to run both ways.  Closing off their ability to move it with speed from the contest will be critical in this.

Inside mids setting up correctly.  Not getting sucked into contests and breaking out of contest zones so we don’t do the work inside and get pillaged outside.

kicking efficiency and marking.  Given the windy conditions forecast, this might be the most important thing.  Manage our tempo and control the footy and I think the dogs can’t get near us.

dees by 26 points

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