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Preview: North Melbourne v Melbourne

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Melbourne's Max Gawn competes with North Melbourne's Todd Goldstein in the ruck during the round three AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 7, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Pat Scala/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Where and when: Blundstone Arena, Saturday August 24, 2.10pm AEST

What it means for North Melbourne: The chance to win double-digit games. That might not seem a significant milestone, but it's a solid effort after starting the year with a 2-7 record – and would be a good platform for 2020.

What it means for Melbourne: Honestly? Very little at this stage. This season provided major disappointment after major disappointment, and last week's capitulation against Sydney was another. Maybe the Dees can salvage some pride.

The stat: Melbourne ranks last for scores and goals per inside 50 percentage, one of the stories of its season.

The match-up: Todd Goldstein v Max Gawn

If nothing else excites you about this match, then look out for this ruck contest between All Australians Gawn (No.1 in AFL Player Ratings) and Goldstein (No.6). Few who watched their titanic clash at Blundstone Arena in round three, 2016 will ever forget it.

It's a big week for: Jordan Lewis

The four-time premiership Hawk's magnificent playing career comes to an end on Saturday, although it will be in red and blue. Lewis spent the past three seasons playing for the Demons and will be keen to sign off in the right fashion.

Big call: Jake Melksham kicks five goals in a lone hand for Melbourne, but his efforts aren't nearly enough to haul his side across the line.

Prediction: North Melbourne by 40 points