Melbourne captain Max Gawn insists the wheels have not come off at the Demons despite back-to-back defeats and off-field issues blighting the club.
Melbourne are priced at 7/4 to go back-to-back and win the 2022 AFL premiership but they have had a tough couple of weeks which will test their resolve going forward.
The Demons saw a 17-match winning streak snapped by Fremantle before the Sydney Swans inflicted another defeat on them the week after.
Throw into the mix an off-field bust up between star defender Steven May and Jake Melksham that left the latter with a broken hand and the former serving a one-match suspension.
Tom McDonald is also facing a lengthy spell out with a foot injury. Despite all the issues Gawn is remaining defiant and says they are still on course to defend the flag.
"No, the wheels haven't fallen off," Gawn told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm completely comfortable with where we are from a performance point of view.
"Obviously we've lost the last couple. The Fremantle game was a complete hiding. We didn't play our best footy at all and that was a shock.
"Then the Sydney game we actually felt like we got back to some of our better basics in football and that was a ripping game, I think both teams played some ripping footy and Sydney was able to get some crucial goals late. So I don't think we're out of form at all."