A group of Melbourne AFL players walk off the ground looking disappointed after a match at the MCG.

Melbourne Demons need to fix their second halves ahead of AFL finals series

With AFL finals looming large, the focus is intensifying on the legitimate challengers for the flag.

Geelong and Collingwood are top of the form line, with impressive winning streaks ahead of September.

Hovering in third place, by virtue of a sliver of percentage that separates them from fourth and fifth, are the Demons.

Even after a dramatic loss to the unstoppable Magpies at a rocking MCG last Friday night, pundits are largely keeping faith with a Melbourne side that has now lost six of its past 10 games.