2021 AFL preview: Melbourne Demons team guide
Can Melbourne overcome their mental demons this year and shed their flaky reputation?
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The Dees missed the finals last year but were at least an improved outfit from their disastrous 2019. Christian Petracca also had a breakout year as a full-time midfielder. But coach Simon Goodwin will still be under immense pressure this season to continue that improvement.
The Demons will begin the season without new key forward Ben Brown (knee surgery) and Sam Weideman (leg stress fractures), presenting Goodwin with a challenge in attack.
With their midfield stacked with talent and a strong defence, the Dees should be tough to crack this year. However their ability to handle pressure remains an issue.
How to watch Melbourne Demons AFL matches
Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are all options for catching AFL games in 2021. 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 Fremantle, which is not on free-to-air TV outside Western Australia.
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 per month for use on two 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.
Watch Melbourne Demons matches overseas
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 2021 AFL season from overseas.
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When do Melbourne Demons play next?
The Demons host Fremantle in round one. The opening bounce is at 1:45pm AEDT on Saturday 20 March. The complete AFL draw is here.
|Round||Date||Match||Stadium||Opening bounce (AEST)||How to watch|
|Round 1||Saturday, 20 March||Melbourne vs Fremantle||MCG, VIC||1:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 2||Saturday, 27 March||St Kilda vs Melbourne||Marvel Stadium, VIC||7:25 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 3||Sunday, 4 April||GWS Giants vs Melbourne||Manuka Oval, ACT||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 4||Sunday, 11 April||Melbourne vs Geelong Cats||MCG, VIC||4:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 5||Sunday, 18 April||Hawthorn vs Melbourne||MCG, VIC||4:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
Melbourne Demons squad
|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|
Melbourne Demons history
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 20 seasons and had 7 different coaches. Last season they narrowly missed the finals, finishing in ninth spot with a 9-8 record.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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