MELBOURNE is determined to make amends for its horror R15 outing against Sydney when it takes on Fremantle tonight at Cazalys Stadium from 7.10pm AEST.
The Demons are 10th on the ladder, a game behind the Bulldogs and eighth-placed Greater Western Sydney, but they have a game in hand on the Dogs and can shape their destiny when they play the Giants in round 17.
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A loss to the Dockers, however, would be a large nail in their 2020 campaign coffin.
Fremantle is out to end its season on a high, and with games against North Melbourne and the Bulldogs to come, coach Justin Longmuir will be thinking three wins to end a challenging season is within his team's grasp.
The decimated Dockers have had an incredible year under their new coach, considering they have been without three of their first-choice defenders (Alex Pearce, Griffin Logue, and Joel Hamling) for most of 2020.
Melbourne has dropped four players and lost another three to injury for the clash, while the Dockers will go in unchanged.
Angus Brayshaw (foot), Nathan Jones (quad) and James Harmes (hamstring) were all ruled out on Sunday and they will be joined on the sidelines by omitted quartet Oscar McDonald, Charlie Spargo, Mitch Brown and Josh Wagner.
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Michael Hibberd returns from an ankle injury, while Aaron vandenBerg, Jayden Hunt and Braydon Preuss are among the ins.
The massive seven changes come after the Demons shock loss to Sydney on Thursday which as left their finals hopes hanging by a thread.