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At the end of 2018, Melbourne had reached the finals, even winning two of them, and were being talked up mightily as a genuine threat heading into the following season.
Fast-forward and they would finish 2019 ahead of only the Gold Coast on the ladder with just 5 wins and in 17th position after a desperately disappointing campaign.
So what now? Coach Simon Goodwin has worked hard on the fitness of his players and tinkered with the game plan. It needs to work or he could quickly find himself on the hot seat so soon after reaching a preliminary final.
Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and the AFL Live Pass are all options for catching AFL games in 2020. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.
Channel 7 shows between three and five matches per round on its main and 7mate channels. But that leaves a whole heap of matches that can only be accessed with a subscription. That includes Melbourne's season-opener against West Coast, which is not on free-to-air TV.
Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports have every game of the home and away season live and out of those options, Kayo is the most affordable. A Basic subscription starts from $25/month for use on 2 devices. For $10 more per month you get a third screen.
On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 other sports on Kayo. It also has a 14-day free trial for new users and comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.
Another viewing option is AFL Live Pass, which is free for Telstra customers. If you are not with Telstra you can buy a subscription from the App Store or Google Play. Live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display, so you are unable to watch games on your TV, laptop or tablet.
If you are out of Australia at any stage during the season, you can still catch the Dees in action. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2020 AFL season from overseas.
If you're out of the country, streaming Aussie Rules football can be a bit of a pain. For those travelling the globe, there's Watch AFL.View details
|Round||Day||Date||Match||Stadium||Kick-off (AEDT)||How to watch|
|Round 1||Sunday||22/3/20||West Coast vs Melbourne||Optus Stadium, WA||6:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 2||Saturday||28/3/20||Melbourne vs GWS Giants||MCG, Vic||1:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 3||Sunday||5/4/20||Melbourne vs Fremantle||MCG, Vic||2:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 4||Sunday||12/4/20||St Kilda vs Melbourne||Marvel Stadium, VIC||4:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Player Number||Name||Position||Career Games|
|4||Callum Ah Chee||Midfield||45|
|33||Zac Bailey||Defender, Midfield||27|
|18||Keidean Coleman||Forward, Midfield||0|
|32||Tom Joyce||Forward, Midfield||0|
|42||James Madden||Forward, Defender||0|
|36||Rhys Mathieson||Forward, Midfield||46|
|46||Oscar McInerney||Forward, Ruck||37|
|8||Ely Smith||Forward, Midfield||0|
|37||Brandon Starcevich||Defender, Midfield||5|
|34||Toby Wooller||Forward, Midfield||0|
It would be somewhat hard for more recent AFL fans to believe Melbourne were once a force in Australian football. That is because the last of their 12 premierships came way back in 1964.
Names like Ron Barassi, Robert Flower, Norm Smith and Jim Stynes once donned the Demons strip and are among the players on their Team of the Century.
Since losing the grand final to Essendon in 2000, Melbourne have reached the finals just 5 times in 19 seasons and had 7 different coaches. They do have some talent on their list and if Goodwin can get them fit and firing, a return to finals football this year could be on the cards.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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