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Aussie Rules: Cats hit by Danger blow

Geelong need to bounce back from a horror defeat against Port Adelaide when they take on Melbourne, but will have to do it without Patrick Dangerfield.

Geelong’s premiership defence is not going to plan, far from it, and as things stand they will do well to make the top eight and play finals.

And now, just to make matters even worse, influential skipper Dangerfield is facing yet another spell on the sidelines through injury. 

Things are looking a lot brighter in the Melbourne camp but they are still someway off where they want to be with Port Adelaide and Collingwood setting the pace at the top. 

Week 15 in the AFL looks set up to be an exciting round and it is the Cats and Demons that will get the action underway on Thursday night.

WhatGeelong v Melbourne 
WhereGMHBA Stadium, Melbourne
When19:20 (AEST) Thursday 22nd June, 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsGeelong 2.02, Melbourne 1.80

Dangerfield blow for Cats

Geelong have been rocked by the news that influential skipper Patrick Dangerfield is facing a spell on the sidelines through injury.

Dangerfield has already had one spell on the treatment table with hamstring issues and suffered a partially collapsed lung and fractured rib following a heavy collision during the defeat to Port Adelaide.

The Cats have given no indication how long Dangerfield will be out for, but the big game against the Demons is definitely a no-go.

The loss of Dangerfield is another blow to the Cats as they look to force their way back into the top eight.

Geelong were leading by 20 points in the first quarter against the Power only to suffer a humiliating 38-point defeat.

Alarm bells are ringing and Geelong need a big response against Melbourne on Thursday night.

They have played four of the last five games away from home, and did pick up a big win against Western Bulldogs, but they have not been consistent enough.

Their last game on home soil also resulted in a seven-point loss to Greater Western Sydney.

In three of the last four defeats, Geelong have conceded just over 20 points, and Melbourne can be backed at 7.00 to win by 13-24 on Thursday.

Demons target three in a row

Melbourne have got their premiership push back on track with big wins over Carlton and Collingwood in the last two games.

Simon Goodwin’s men now sit third on the ladder with nine wins and four defeats this season and are still well in the mix to go all the way.

If anyone is to stop Collingwood or Port Adelaide, the Demons look the most likely.

They have the sign over the Cats these days and smashed them 125-42 in the 2021 preliminary final before going on to win the flag.

Geelong themselves have won a premiership since then, but there is no doubt that Melbourne are out-performing the Cats so far this season.

Bayley Fritsch remains Melbourne’s biggest threat and is priced at 1.08 to score anytime, while Geelong’s Jeremy Cameron is averaging three goals a game and can be backed at 8.00 to boot the first.

Christian Petracca will be a big threat for the Demons as he is averaging 28.6 disposals a game and is also figuring heavily in score involvements and contested possessions.

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