Melbourne coach Neil Craig says his players have embraced the challenge of improving their efforts against Fremantle and have revisited their disastrous loss to the Dockers in round nine.
Fremantle thrashed the Demons when they played in May. The Dockers won by 90 points and Melbourne managed a paltry 25 inside 50s.
It was a similar story in round 23 last year when the Dees had only 31 forward entries. They scored 40 points in both matches.
Melbourne is ranked 17th for inside 50s this year and Fremantle are the league's best team at stopping the opposition from getting the ball into their forward line.
Craig said the players weren't daunted by the challenge.
"Daunting? It depends how you perceive it, I guess," Craig said.
"We're looking at it as a great opportunity for this group to play against a side I think will finish in the top four easily and could quite possibly go into a grand final.
"You always seek those opportunities, no matter where we are at the moment, to pit yourself against the better sides in the competition.
"We get that opportunity on the MCG. It'll be a tough game for us and it will test a whole range of areas of our game. Our offence, it'll test our perseverance, it'll test our resilience, the competitive nature of the game, all good things to look forward to in terms of an investment for the future."
Fremantle made only one change to the team that ruthlessly demolished GWS last week. Stephen Hill returned from injury to replace Cameron Sutcliffe.
The Demons made two changes with Jeremy Howe and Sam Blease coming back into the team at the expense of suspended Mitch Clisby and Daniel Nicholson.
Craig said he had stressed to the players the importance of "running past the line" this year to finish the season strongly.
Former number one draft pick Jack Watts is closely watching the team's development as he considers whether to re-sign with the club next year.
Watts spoke unconvincingly about his prospects of remaining a Demon while appearing as a panellist on Channel 9's The Footy Show on Thursday night.
But Craig wasn't concerned.
"I wouldn't have thought Jack would have taken a position where he wanted to be convincing to stay or go because he probably doesn't know. I'm not sure how he could be convincing either way," he said.
"We're doing our best to keep him at this footy club. Our responsibility is to try and develop an environment where they feel as players that they can be the best player they can possibly be with the coaching and the facilities that they have here, as well as have a degree of team success."That's our responsibility to do that. We're doing it to the best of our ability. In the end, Jack has the right to make a decision for himself."