WHEN: Sunday, July 22, 3.15pm
WHERE: MCG, VIC
LAST TIME: North Melbourne 15.14 (104) d Richmond 13.13 (91), round 24, 2011 at Etihad Stadium
B: Steven Morris, Alex Rance, Chris Newman
HB: Bachar Houli, Kelvin Moore, Matt Dea
C: Shaun Grigg, Trent Cotchin, Brett Deledio
HF: Dustin Martin, Brad Miller, Shane Edwards
F: Luke McGuane, Jack Riewoldt, Robin Nahas
Foll: Ivan Maric, Reece Conca, Shane Tuck
I/C: Angus Graham, Daniel Jackson, Jayden Post, Jeromey Webberley, Brandon Ellis, Brett O’Hanlon, Addam Maric
In: Daniel Jackson, Jayden Post, Dustin Martin, Brad Miller, Ivan Maric
Out: Jake Batchelor (Leg), Tom Derickx
B: Scott McMahon, Scott Thompson, Michael Firrito
HB: Shaun Atley, Nathan Grima, Jamie Macmillan
C: Ryan Bastinac, Daniel Wells, Sam Gibson
HF: Lindsay Thomas, Robert Tarrant, Samuel Wright
F: Lachlan Hansen, Drew Petrie, Kieran Harper
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Brent Harvey
I/C: Leigh Adams, Matt Campbell, Levi Greenwood, Cruize Garlett, Liam Anthony, Ben Cunnington, Cameron Pedersen
In: Levi Greenwood, Cruize Garlett, Ben Cunnington, Cameron Pedersen
Out: Jack Ziebell (Suspension)
Milestones: Ryan Bastinac – 50 games
What our experts say:
Richmond vs North Melbourne
Last week’s two point loss to Gold Coast was catastrophic for Richmond at such a crucial point of the season. Weakened by Ivan Maric missing from the side, the Tigers looked a long way from the team that was so impressive mid-season.
The picture couldn’t have looked any different at North Melbourne, who has now won four or their past five since the huge loss to Hawthorn, the only loss being by two points against a determined, Dean Cox-inspired West Coast.
A few weeks ago this would have been a moral for the Tigers but the Kangaroos have leapfrogged them on the ladder and are pressing hard for seventh or eighth place on the ladder. If they are still in that rich vein of form they should win easily.
North Melbourne by 26
SC – Shaun Grigg (Rich), Brent Harvey (NM)
Richmond ($2.20) vs. North Melbourne ($1.69):
How big was the late withdrawal of the big man Maric last week? Surely the Tigers would have got home with him at the helm. They may have even done so had Cotchin been on the ground for the last few minutes as the Suns were piling goals on them! No doubt their loss was a disaster for the resurgent Tigers who just cannot claim a finals berth. Are they heartbroken? Of course. Can they recover and beat the Kangaroos? Of course. They regain the mullet, Martin and Miller, while the Roos may be without Petrie, who looked sore last week and sat out he last quarter with a groin complaint. They’ll definitely be without Ziebell (how can he get 4 weeks for trying to get the ball when Judd gets 4 weeks for trying to pull the arm of a defenceless opponent with an obvious pre-existing condition? This punter would have given Judd 12!) through suspension, but they are very strong through the middle and should cover the loss OK.
Suggested bet: Tigers to win @ $2.20