AFL 2022 round 20 LIVE updates: Demons and Freo fight for top four in Perth blockbuster

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Dees out and about

Melbourne get re-accustomed to a ground that means so much to their history.

Team changes

In: Rory Lobb
Out: Nat Fyfe (hamstring)

In: Jake Lever, Jayden Hunt, Kade Chandler
Out: James Harmes (concussion), Adam Tomlinson, Toby Bedford

Jake Lever.Credit:AFL Photos via Getty Images

Subs confirmed

The medical substitutes at Optus Stadium are Bailey Banfield (Fremantle) and Kade Chandler (Melbourne).

Bailey Banfield.Credit:Getty Images

Demons back in Perth

For the second time this year, Melbourne return to the venue where their dreams came true last year, and their 57-year premiership drought was broken.

Freo go retro

Fremantle will be wearing their away jumpers from 1998-2000 for tonight’s game.

Why they’re wearing an ‘away’ jumper for a home game, I’m not too sure. But who cares? They how good do they look!

Freo aiming for a 2022 double against Demons

The Dockers, of course, were the ones who started the rot for Melbourne this year.

After the Demons started the year with 10 straight wins, Freo shattered their 17-game winning streak with a shock 38-point win at the MCG in Round 11.

Since Round 10, Melbourne have lost five of their last eight games and just have not looked like the team that won the 2021 premiership.

And the Dees looked out of sorts again last week when they let slip another big lead (27 points) to lose to the Bulldogs by 10 points.

But Freo weren’t much better, playing out a low-scoring draw against Richmond after losing to Sydney at home the week prior.

The recent history between Fremantle and Melbourne is tight, with the ledger slightly in the Dees’ favour 4-3.

And Simon Goodwin’s men have a brilliant record at Optus Stadium, winning their last four games there, including the 2021 grand final.

The Demons have played at the ground eight times, but surprisingly, this is the first time they’ve met Freo there.

Luke Jackson and Sean Darcy.Credit:Getty

Greetings, everybody

Hello everyone and welcome to our massive live AFL Friday night blog.

Round 20 kicks off with a blockbuster clash at Optus Stadium between top-four contenders Fremantle and Melbourne.

But both teams head into this contest in scratchy form, with only one win from their previous three games, so a victory is much-needed.

A win for fifth-placed Fremantle would see them return to the top four, and would leave Melbourne at serious risk of slipping out of the double-chance zone.

And if the second-ranked Demons win, they will stay put in the top three, and could even return to the top of the ladder in the unlikely event that the Bulldogs beat Geelong badly.

A loss for Fremantle could see them tumble to seventh, so the stakes in this contest are massive.

Rory Lobb tackles Max Gawn.Credit:Getty

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