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AFL 2021 round eight: Melbourne v Sydney Swans – live!






























QT: Melbourne 3-1 (19) vs Sydney 3-3 (21)



































































































No late team changes

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Preamble

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of what should be an absorbing contest between two of the competition’s leading lights. Each week presents a new opportunity for the Demons to solidify their premiership claims and today is no different. The ladder leaders are winning more and more admirers as their unbeaten run continues and a verdict over the Swans will do plenty to silence the doubters that remain suspicious.

The form around Sydney’s last-start win over Geelong is starting to look very good. Though the Swans had just two points in hand over the Cats it was a brave performance against a seriously in-form team. It also paused growing concerns that Sydney’s blistering start to the season was but a false dawn – in between their triumphs over Richmond and Geelong were defeats to Greater Western Sydney and Gold Coast and an unconvincing victory over Essendon. The Swans will be glad to return to the MCG after thrashing the Tigers there in round three and will be buoyed by the return of Lance Franklin from injury.

The visitors are underdogs tonight but will be no pushovers for Melbourne, who needed all four quarters to get past North Melbourne last week and now have to reconfigure their defence with Adam Tomlinson going down to a season-ending knee injury. But they too will not lack for confidence, having met every challenge that season 2021 has presented to this point.

Should be an excellent game. Looking forward to it, and to your company. If you’d like to get involved, you know what to do.





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