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Aussie Rules: Melbourne Demons set for Essendon Bombers test

There are three AFL games to look forward on Saturday, with high-flying Melbourne and Essendon going head-to-head, while the Bulldogs are targeting three wins in a row.

Gather Round continues in South Australia and there is plenty for fans in Adelaide to look forward to.

The Adelaide Oval will be packed with Power fans as Port Adelaide take on an in-form Western Bulldogs side in the final game of the day.

Just before that, at the same venue, it is fourth versus third when Essendon Bombers take on Melbourne Demons in what could be a closely-fought encounter.

Apart from the double-header at the Adelaide Oval, Brisbane Lions and North Melbourne Kangaroos get the action underway in the early game in the Adelaide Hills.

All six teams have plenty to play for, which should make for some exciting footy.

Lions results tough to call

WhatBrisbane Lions v North Melbourne Kangaroos
WhereAdelaide Hills, SA
When13:10 (AEST) Saturday 15th April
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsBrisbane 1.19, North Melbourne 4.80

Brisbane sit 2-2 for the season so far and have been up and down like a yo-yo. With that in mind it is difficult to predict what Lions side will turn up in the Adelaide Hills on Saturday.

They have suffered defeats against Port Adelaide and the Bulldogs, but have shown what they are capable of with impressive wins over Melbourne and Collingwood.

Both of those wins have been on home soil, so it will be interesting to see how they go on playing in Adelaide. They should have too much for the Kanagroos, but with this Lions side, you never know.

North Melbourne are also 2-2 and have shown they can win on the road when beating Fremantle in round two.

However they have lost their last two games against Hawthorn and Carlton and need to put in a strong performance on Saturday.

Brisbane will welcome back Daniel Rich from a quad injury, while Darcy Fort also comes into the side with Jack Gunston rested. The Kangaroos are boosted by the return of Ben McKay for the first time this season after he recovered from a foot injury.

In-form Essendon face major task

WhatEssendon Bombers v Melbourne Demons
WhereAdelaide Oval, SA
When16:10 (AEST) Saturday 15th April
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsEssendon 3.60, Melbourne 1.30

Essendon and Melbourne have both got off to great starts this season when winning three of their opening four games, but something will have to give at the Adelaide Oval.

The Demons are one of the hot fancies to win the flag this season and apart from a blip against the Lions, have picked up convincing wins over the Bulldogs, Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles.

They have a friendly run of fixtures coming up, so if they can see off the Bombers they have a chance of setting themselves up for the rest of the campaign.

Essendon are targeting a return to finals and will be pleased with their start under new head coach Chris Scott.

Their wins have come against the Gold Coast, Hawthorn and GWS, teams expected to be in the bottom half, so this will be stern examination of their credentials.

Essendon will have to do without Sam Weideman through concussion, while Alwyn Davey Jnr will be rested.The Demons have recalled Ben Brown and Adam Tomlinson to their ranks as the influential Jake Lever is missing with an ankle injury.

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Hosts aim to show their Power

WhatPort Adelaide Power v Western Bulldogs
WhereAdelaide Oval, SA
When19:50 (AEST) Saturday 15th April
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsPort Adelaide 1.44, Western Bulldogs 2.80

Port Adelaide are another tough side to work out following a 2-2 start to the season. They were poor in a heavy derby defeat against the Crows, while Collingwood also thrashed them 135-64.

However, Ken Hinkley’s side have also shown what they are capable of when thrashing Brisbane 126-72, while they were courageous and gritty when beating the Swans by two points at the SCG last week.

Back on home soil and they need to string back-to-back wins together for the first time this season to convince the fans they are the real deal.

It will be far from easy though against a Bulldogs side that have turned their season around by winning the last two games.

The knives were out for Luke Beveridge and his side after they lost the opening two games, but wins over Brisbane and Richmond have turned the tide. Another one at the Adelaide Oval and the Doggies will be on a roll.

Beveridge has welcomed back Cody Weightman for his first game of the season after he overcame an adductor problem. Port will be missing their skipper Tom Jonas through injury.

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