A week ago the Dockers were in turmoil now they are looking for back-to-back victories.
This time a week ago plenty of footy fans were starting to talk about the Dockers claiming the wooden spoon this season and Melbourne a genuine premiership contender.
While those two things could obviously still happen, they both seem much less likely after the Dockers comfortably defeated the reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs to record their first win of the season, while Melbourne couldn’t stick with Geelong over the last quarter as the Cats prevailed by 29 points to hand the Dees their first loss of the year.
Melbourne will back themselves to bounce back, last time the teams clashed Melbourne broke an eight-game losing streak against the Dockers winning by 32 points.
Melbourne will again be without suspended duo Jordan Lewis and Jesse Hogan, but should be able to get a hold of Fremantle in the midfield.
The biggest loss for the Dee’s is the injury to inspirational ruckman Max Gawn, as a result versatile former No.1 draft pick Jack Watts will play forward and help with the ruck duties, so it is worth looking for some value in the most goal kicker market.
Hogan and Watts are the two key goal kickers for Melbourne so with Hogan absent and Watts playing a different role we can make money from backing Christian Petracca and Jeff Gartlett who will both play deep forward and can find a goal.
As impressive as the Dockers were against the Bulldogs last week, we want to see them produce a similar performance again before we can start to trust them from a punting perspective.
Fremantle did not win a single game in Victoria last year and went 1-9 outside of Western Australia.
They have played once outside of Perth this season, and on that occasion they were crushed by 89 points against Port Adelaide where they scored just 56 points which was the lowest total of any team all season at the time.
When the sides met last in Round 16 at TIO Stadium Nathan Jones dominated with a game high 35 disposals.
Jones is currently in top form also collecting 36 touches against the Cats last week and we are keen on him gaining the most possessions again.
MELBOURNE UNDER 39.5
NATHAN JONES MOST DISPOSALS (GROUP A)