Labeling something a ‘certainty’ in any sport is fraught with danger.
But we’ll try to find some anyway.
Here is what we consider certainties for Friday night’s clash between Fremantle and Melbourne:
Ryan and Young to combine for 10+ marks
The Dockers duo are two of the club’s leading interceptors down back.
Ryan and Young combined for 25 marks and 14 intercepts to keep Fremantle keep Richmond at bay last week.
The Dockers have conceded the fewest points of any club in 2022 with Ryan and Young key to their impressive defensive record.
Ryan and Young are ranked in the top 10 across the competition for marks and feature in the top three for Fremantle in intercepts.
They took 24 marks between them in Fremantle’s win over Melbourne earlier this season.
Lobb and Taberner to kick at least a goal each
Lobb’s return is a big boost for the Dockers.
The 29-year-old is Fremantle’s leading goalkicker so far with a career-high 30 from 16 games.
Lobb kicked three majors the last time he faced the Demons, while Taberner chipped in with a brace.
The key forward pair will be entrusted in keeping Melbourne’s defenders accountable, while also helping the Dockers put up a winning score.
Taberner had a quiet one-goal outing against the Tigers in Round 19.
Clayton Oliver 30+ disposals
Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver has been dominant this season, averaging 34 disposals from 17 games.
From those 17 appearances, Oliver has only dipped below the 30-disposal mark on four occasions, with one of those coming last week in the loss to the Western Bulldogs.
One thing Oliver has done though is to ensure he hasn’t been kept quiet for his standards in consecutive weeks as each time he’s dipped below that 30-touch marker he’s responded the following week with massive games.
Given that he has now played a game since returning from his thumb injury, expect Oliver to reach top form again and return to his prolific self against the Dockers.
Luke Jackson to kick a goal
Melbourne forward/ruck Luke Jackson could be the most-watched player on Friday night considering his links to Fremantle from 2023 onwards.
Playing against his potential future teammates, Jackson will be desperate to show he’s worth the money that he’s reportedly been offered by the Dockers.
While his best work is around the ground, the 20-year-old has consistently hit the scoreboard in recent weeks as he’s only gone goalless once in his last six appearances.
Expect him to make a big impact and at least kick one major at Optus Stadium on Friday night.