OUT: Jetta (omitted)
After missing last weekend’s game with ankle soreness, Michael Hibberd returns for his 14th match of the season.
The 30-year-old will face off with his former side, adding some stability to Melbourne’s defence.
The ones that missed
Neville Jetta was the man to make way for Hibberd, being omitted after the win over GWS.
The Demons had a number of other options available at the selection table, but opted not to play Luke Jackson, James Harmes or Tom Sparrow, who were returning from respective injuries.
What it means
It’s the final round of the home and away season, and it’s on the line for the Dees.
They obviously need to secure the four points against the Bombers on Saturday, but there will be as much interest in two other games this weekend.
Firstly, it’s St Kilda v GWS on Friday night footy.
If the Giants win, Melbourne will then have to make up enough percentage to jump the Saints (currently 5.2 percent) and finish inside the top eight.
The second option for the Demons is for Fremantle to knock over the Western Bulldogs in Cairns on Sunday night.
So, if Melbourne wins and one of those two results fall its way, the 2020 season will continue.
Look out for
It’s no secret Melbourne considers itself a contest-based side, whereas the Bombers do their best work on the outside.
The Dees should get the better of the battle around the stoppages and at the fall of ball, and if they do, that will go a long way to them winning the game at Metricon Stadium.
And one man who could hold the key for his team is vice-captain Jack Viney.
The 26-year-old is a barometer in the midfield, but he’s had less than 14 disposals in three of the past four games, so his ability to win the ball could be the key to Melbourne’s success.
The Bombers’ season is over, but they will be keen to send their senior coach off in style.
It’s John Worsfold’s final game at the helm, and having lost five of their past six matches, the Dons will undoubtedly be hoping to cause an upset at the end of 2020.