The game of the weekend in Round 7 of the AFL season seees the top of the table Melbourne Demons hosting the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG on ____ morning.
We have you covered with a full preview for the clash as well as betting picks for the rest of the Round 6 games below.
Melbourne Demons vs Hawthorn Hawks
MCG, Saturday 30th April, 2.35am (EDT)
The reigning premier Melbourne Demons are absolutely rolling so far in 2022. They are 6-0 on the season and have barely even been challenged. They downed the Tigers by 22 points in Round 6 to stay four points clear at the top of the table and are odds on favorites to go back to back.
The Hawks starting the season in hot form with wins over the Kangaroos and Power in the first two rounds. Since then, however, they are just 1-3. That win did come over Geelong in a massive upset on Easter Monday, but they couldn’t back it up in Round 6 as they were smashed by the Sydney Swans.
Season So Far, Melbourne:
Round 1 dft. Western Bulldogs by 26 points
Round 2 dft. Gold Coast by 13 points
Round 3 dft. Essendon by 29 points
Round 4 dft. Port Adelaide by 32 points
Round 5 dft. GWS by 67 points
Round 6 dft. Richmond by 22 points
Season So Far, Hawthorn
Round 1 dft. North Melbourne by 20 points
Round 2 dft. Port Adelaide by 64 points
Round 3 lt. Carlton by 1 point
Round 4 lt. St Kilda by 69 points
Round 5 dft. Geelong by 12 points
Round 6 lt. Sydney by 41 points
The Demons start as strong 26.5 point favourites and I like them to cover that line. The Hawks have played a very all-or-nothing game style so far this season, and I just don’t think it will hold up against this Melbourne defence. They have lost games by 69 and 41 over the last three weeks, proving they can be exposed on the counter attack.
Blast From the Past
In this section, we’ll be taking you on a trip down memory lane to the most memorable matchups between the two teams in question to help any readers who might be new to the game of AFL football get an understanding for some of the more exciting events throughout the league’s history.
A match that lives prominently in folklore, as much for its off-field relevance than on-field drama. Merger talks between Melbourne and Hawthorn had been met by strong opposition and a flashpoint ensued through fortuitous timing of the round 22 fixture between the Demons and the Hawks at the MCG. The Hawks needed to win to cap off their grandstand run to the finals.
West Coast vs Richmond
Richmond -8.5 (2 Units)
Geelong vs Fremantle
Fremantle +23.5 (1.5 Units)
Adelaide vs GWS
GWS +6.5 (1.5 Units)
St Kilda vs Port Adelaide
St Kilda -8.5 (3 Units)
Carlton vs Hawthorn
Over 166.5 (1.5 Units)
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon
Over 172.5 (5 Units)
Sydney vs Brisbane
Brisbane +2.5 (1.5 Units)