Coburg will be in for a tough clash on Saturday afternoon when it travels to Casey to take on the second placed Demons.
Casey has lost just two games this season while Coburg took big steps towards a first win of 2018 last weekend in a tight loss to Footscray.
The Demons will be well rested after their bye last week but had been in red hot form beforehand winning their past five games.
These sides have already met once this year, all the way back in round one where Casey were by far the better side and came away with a big win. Marcus Lentini had 27 disposals in his first VFL game while Nick Mellington kicked two goals and Ryan Exon was named Lion of the Round.
Casey’s team has an abundance of class and skill with the likes of Dom Tyson and Tomas Bugg the big threats in the middle.
Cam Pederson and Harley Balic have both been influential in the forward 50 for the Demons so the likes of Harry Nolan, Nathan Blair and Jesse Corigliano will need to pay utmost attention to them.
Coburg’s forward line has looked dangerous off limited opportunity in the past few weeks and coach Leigh Adams will be hoping to keep the efficiency but also see an improvement in the Coburg midfield which will lead to more opportunities inside 50.
Peter McEvoy has been building nicely since returning from injury, presenting well up the ground and taking some big marks. He has kicked five goals over his last two outings and a big day could be in store this Saturday. Billy Cannolo and Hish Kerbatieh will both need to ensure they are applying plenty of forward half pressure to try and cause Casey turnovers in dangerous places, something they have done well at over the last couple of weeks.
Jackson McDonald comes into this weeks team for his second game of the season. He replaces Jack Murphy in what is the only change to last weeks team who almost ran over Footscray.
B: 9. N. Blair, 43. H. Nolan, 2. J. Corigliano
HB: 7. J. Belo, 10. S. Gregory, 17. L. Dickson
C: 1. B. Allan, 8. N. Mellington, 36. J. Guthrie
HF: 5. R. Exon, 12. P. McEvoy, 3. H. Kerbatieh
F: 32. B. Cannolo, 41. M. Kovacevic, 50. M. Podhajski
R: 29. T. Goodwin, 42. M. Lentini, 11. L. Bunker
Int: 20. M. Conn, 34. T. Lever, 23. J. McDonald,
33. J. Weightman
Emg: 37. J. Murphy, 15. J. Iacobaccio, 30. J. O’Donoghue, 16. J. Fox,
23P: 48. S. Binion
B: 55. H. Petty, 45. D. Keilty, 42. J. Wagner
HB: 1. J. Hutchins, 17. S. Frost, 18. J. Lockhart
C: 56. O. Baker, 13. C. Wagner, 27. A. Scott
HF: 12. T. Bugg, 21. C. Pedersen, 36. J. Garlett
F: 54. H. Balic, 26. S. Weideman, 33. J. Kennedy-Harris
R: 34. M. King, 15. B. Stretch, 11. C. Spargo
Int: 9. M. Gent, 25. D. Gordon, 37. D. Johnstone, 41. M. Lefau, 22. G. Lok, 24. C. MacHaya, 6. J. Munro, 35. A. Quigley
23P: 49. C. Stockdale