• Join
  • Login
  • BNA Twitter
  • BNA Facebook
  • 04:40:09 AEST
  • Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Gamble Responsibly 18+
Melbourne Demons Clayton Oliver 2018

Melbourne Demons AFL 2018 Season Preview

Long-awaited return to finals footy in 2018

Key Ins: Jake Lever (Crows), Harley Balic (Dockers)

Key Outs: Jack Watts (Port Adelaide)



You'd have to be pretty loyal to be a Demons supporter. Having not won the flag since 1964, nor having made finals footy since 2006, you would forgive even the most rusted-on Demons fans for giving up at the end of last year. The Demons were sitting comfortably inside the top eight, before losing 4 of their last 8 games which left them needing to win their final game against arch-rivals Collingwood in Round 23 to keep their season alive. The final score: Collingwood 99 Melbourne 83. 

Leaving that major disappointment aside, the young Demons team had a good season last year. After spending the past ten years in a major rebuilding phase, Melbourne's bevy of young talent really came into their own in 2017, displaying not only individual brilliance, but an almost unparalleled team mentality and spirit. 

The Demons ranked highly in just about every statistic that you would hope to win. First in disposals (405.2), and second in contested possessions (153.2) and tackles (71.9) per game, Melbourne's youthful pack-hunting play was successful in turning over the ball and then counter-punching. If the Dees can improve their disposal efficiency from a 14th-best 72.8%, they will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Player to watch: Pick '2' in the 2014 draft, Christian Petracca, had his breakout season last year. A dynamic midfielder, Petracca notched the most goal assists (19) and the second most goals (26) among his teammates. For a mid to be so instrumental in the scoring output of his team is rare, even more so when he's only 22 years old.  

Key player: In a team laden with young talent, it is one of the youngest and most talented that earns his place as Melbourne's key player. 20-year-old Clayton Oliver was nothing short of remarkable last season. Ranking first for the Dees in contested possessions (344), disposals (659) and tackles (152), as well as second in score involvements (122), Oliver will be the midfielder to watch over the next five years and will be fundamental to their success. 


Defensive rating 7/10

The acquisition of Jake Lever from the Crows represents the second best recruit of the transfer period, coming second only to Gary Ablett's return to Geelong. One of the league's best and smartest defenders, Lever will partner the ever-capable Michael Hibberd, and youthful key defender Oscar McDonald.  

Attacking threat 7/10

With live wire Jeff Garlett and genuine lead-up forward Jesse Hogan each averaging 2 goals a game in 2017, the Dees have an excellent foundation to work on. However, the strength of Melbourne's attack comes largely from the scoring contribution of their mids. Last season 7 players scored above 20 goals for the Demons, demonstrating their ability to share the goals amongst them.

Midfield strength 8/10

Alongside the untapped talent of Petracca and Oliver are co-captains Nathan Jones and Jack Viney who add grunt and hardness in the middle of the park. Add the goal-scoring threat provided by Jake Melksham and you have one of the best-balanced midfields in the competition. 


  Bookies' Verdict Our Verdict
Top 8 $1.80 Yes please
Premiership $15 $12
2018 Prediction 9th 6th

Share On:

Trending Racing & Sport News

Souths Cameron Murray

NRL Best Bets and Tips: Round 0

The 2024 NRL season commences in Las Vegas with an iconic double-header. This marks the league's foray into the United S.....

Feb 27, 2024 02:00PM
READ MORE right-arrow

NFL Superbowl2019

AFC Championship 2024 NFL Tips and Best Bets

Get ready for an brilliant weekend of NFL and it all kicks off with the AFC Championship match. The Baltimore Ravens and.....

Jan 24, 2024 11:00AM
READ MORE right-arrow

Los Angeles Rams

NFL Monday Night Football Tips and Best Bets 14/11/23

Buffalo Performance Review Entering Week 10, the Bills confront an unfamiliar playoff-less reality, a departure from Jos.....

Nov 14, 2023 10:00AM
READ MORE right-arrow

MLB Houston Astros Pitcher

MLB Betting Tips for NCLS Game 7 25/10/23

In the midst of an electrifying National League Championship Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks brace for a pivotal Game 7.....

Oct 24, 2023 05:00PM
READ MORE right-arrow

Sports Betting Topics

Tweets by @BettingNetworkA

More Sports & Racing news you might like

MLB Houston Astros Pitcher

MLB Betting Tips for NCLS Game 7 25/10/23

In the midst of an electrifying National League Championship Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks brace for a pivotal Game 7.....

READ MORE right-arrow

MLB Houston Astros Pitcher

MLB Tips for Game 7 NCLS 2023

In the midst of an electrifying National League Championship Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks brace for a pivotal Game 7.....

READ MORE right-arrow

New Orleans Minnesota Vikings

Free NFL Betting Preview 15/9/2021

The Philadelphia Eagles are gearing up to maintain their winning momentum in Week 2 as they take on the Minnesota Viking.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Pitsburgh Steelers Roethlisberger

Free NFL Betting Picks 25/8/2023

Preseason Football Matchup Analysis In the final preseason clash, the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0, 2-0 ATS, 1-1 O/U) are se.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Boston RedSox Chris Sale

MLB Betting Picks: Best plays for All Star Game 2023

The 93rd edition of the Midsummer Classic will be played on Tuesday, July 11, at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington. .....

READ MORE right-arrow

MLB Houston Astros Pitcher

MLB Betting Picks: Best plays for 7th June 2023

The upcoming game between the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays is set to be an exciting contest between two comp.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Copyright © 2024 S92 www.bettingnetworkaustralia.com.au

Stay in Control. For gambling help call 1800 858 858 or your local State gambling helpline, Gamblers Help, Mission Australia or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au. Users must be at least 18 years old.

www.bettingnetworkaustralia.com.au (the "site") is not a bookmaking or wagering website. As such the site does not provide bookmaking or wagering services. We are a tipping and information service site. If you choose to take tips or use information on this website, you acknowledge and agree that you will only wager with licensed service providers for your jurisdiction. For help call 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au. Our Terms and Conditions are listed here.