Fremantle vs Melbourne AFLW preview:
On Saturday night, Fremantle will host Melbourne in what looks to be the match of the round potentially. The 2nd placed Melbourne travelling to Fremantle, who are 1 game and 1 place behind them in 2nd.
This clash with Fremantle on Saturday night is crucial if Melbourne are to claim 2nd spot by the end of the year. If they win, with only a game remaining, it will secure at best a top 2 spot for them. If Melbourne lose, Fremantle are only a game behind and a better percentage, so it would rule out a top 2 finish unless results go their way. Fremantle’s top 2 hopes hinge on this contest, so they will want to take advantage of hosting Melbourne on their home deck- something they failed to do against Adelaide last week.
Melbourne enters this clash having only the 1 loss so far, and their current winning streak sitting at 4. Fremantle’s loss against Adelaide last week was only their 2nd for the year, but at this stage of the season, every win and loss will be crucial to telling the tale of who finishes where- (E.g minor premiers, 2nd place etc).
The players you will want to keep an eye out for and make budget to put into your fantasy teams include:
Stephanie Cain- 21 disposals, 16 kicks, 5 handballs, 6 tackles.
Hayley Miller- 11 disposals, 11 kicks, 3 tackles and a goal.
Laura Pugh- 21 disposals, 16 kicks, 5 handballs, 5 tackles.
Karen Paxman- 28 disposals, 16 kicks, 12 handballs and a goal.
Lily Mithen- 28 disposals, 16 kicks, 12 handballs and 6 marks.
Tayla Harris- 11 disposals, 7 kicks, 4 handballs and a goal.
Melbourne have been in red hot form of late, Fremantle couldn’t get passed Adelaide last week at home. Therefore, Melbourne will be confident they can also beat Fremantle on the road you would think. They will have Harris firing up forward and Paxman dominating through the middle. Melbourne know that they must win on the road if they are a hope of finishing in the top 2 and earning a home preliminary final.
Melbourne start as favourites at $1.76, Fremantle come in at $2.05.
Prediction: Melbourne by 15 points.