ROUND 6, 2020 saw Melbourne play the Gold Coast Suns in what was a battle down to the final siren.
Melbourne led by just three points at the third-quarter break, with the Suns fighting hard to stay in the game.
Thanks to a couple of late goals from Christian Petracca and Clayton Oliver, the Dees were able to run home with a 17-point win.
Fast forward 385 days, the two sides will finally meet again this Saturday in a Round 20 clash set for Metricon Stadium.
The Suns currently sit at 14th on the ladder, having won just six games.
In comparison to Melbourne’s 13 wins, it may not seem like much, but the Queensland side has definitely had its fair share of impressive performances this year, defeating the likes of reigning premiers Richmond and top-eight side Sydney.
The Suns are also coming off the back of a disappointing 49-point loss to the Lions, which means they’ll be searching for a win and will be sure to challenge the third-placed Demons.
One to watch during Saturday’s game will be Touk Miller, who was best on field in the sides’ 2020 meeting and has continued to improve his game this past year, currently sitting as one of the league’s top midfielders averaging 31 disposals, seven tackles and five clearances.
The Dees currently sit third on the ladder after a loss to the Western Bulldogs last week knocked them off the top spot.
They will be hoping to snap up an interstate win to put them in good stead ahead of their travel across to Western Australia for Round 21.
Clayton Oliver played a massive role in the side’s win over the Suns last year and will look to back-up his 38-disposal game from last week, in which he registered a whopping 25 contested possessions.
Max Gawn will also be looking to mimic his 2020 performance against the home side, where he was named in the best, collecting 30 hit-outs and 15 disposals, helping the Dees to their 17-point win.
One area of discussion surrounding the Demons ahead of the Round 20 match, is the side’s inaccuracy in front of goals, which coach Simon Goodwin has said is a major focus of improvement.
"We're working incredibly hard and we have all year, we have for a number of years,” Goodwin told reporters on Wednesday morning.
“Our forwards do a power of work in that space.
"Some of the quality of our shots isn't where it needs to be at the moment in terms of where we're taking them on the ground, so we're working on our method to get better shots but we do need to improve our accuracy, there's no doubt about that.”
If the Dees can improve on this inaccuracy and use their chances in front of goals, there’s no doubt the side will be a tough one to topple over on Saturday.
The Round 20 game will kick off at 3:10pm (AEST), with all the action broadcasted live via Fox Footy.