PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Max Gawn of the Demons and Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs pose for a photograph during the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final Coaches and Captains Pre-Match Press Conference at Kings Park on September 24, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The stage is set, with the Demons and Bulldogs to contest at Optus Stadium on Saturday in what is tipped to be a memorable Grand Final.

Both clubs have emerged from outsiders to lethal premiership contenders throughout 2021, becoming the two most deserving sides to settle the premiership decider.

With the teams named and the first bounce nearing, the Zero HangerĀ team have made our predictions for the 2021 AFL Grand Final.

The winner, margin, Norm Smith medal winner, first goal-scorer and potential headline have all been predicted.

Mitchell Keating

Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 12 points
First Goal: Mitch Hannan
Norm Smith: Clayton Oliver
Headline: High flying flag in Demons Dee-light

Nick Splitter
Winner: Western Bulldogs
Margin: 18 points
First Goal: Bailey Smith
Norm Smith: Marcus Bontempelli
Headline: Dogs dump Dees dream

Ed Carmine
Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 2 points
First Goal: Ben Brown
Norm Smith: Christian Petracca
Headline: Ghost of Norm Smith finally busted

Jake Benoiton
Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 34 points
First Goal: Kosy Pickett
Norm Smith: Clayton Oliver
Headline: Dees drought ends as midfield declares itself clear number one in the game

Cameron Grimes
Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 19 Points
First Goal: Bailey Smith
Norm Smith: Max Gawn
Headline: Gawn with the wind - Dees victory with inspired six-goal final term

Scott Pryde
Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 43 points
First Goal: Ben Brown
Norm Smith: Clayton Oliver
Headline: Bulldogs lose their bark as Demons fire in grand final smash-up

Jude HendersonĀ 
Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 30 points
First goal: Tom McDonald
Norm Smith: Max Gawn
Headline: Gawn teaches English a lesson and fuels big win

Michael GeorgiouĀ 
Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 14 points
First Goal: Bailey Smith
Norm Smith: Max Gawn
Headline: Demons fire melts years of snow

Jack JovanovskiĀ 

Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 12 points
First Goal: Bayley Fritsch
Norm Smith: Max Gawn
Headline: Glorious Gawn lifts Dees to grand new flag

Will GuthrieĀ 

Winner: Western Bulldogs
Margin: 14 points
First Goal: Cody Weightman
Norm Smith: Bailey Smith
Headline: Sons of the West - Doggies win third flag in historic WA Grand Final

Ben Millard
Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 21 points
First Goal: Bailey Smith
Norm Smith: Clayton Oliver
Headline: Dee-lightful - Melbourne outshine Dogs to break flag drought

Harris Maglis
Winner: Melbourne
Margin: 8 points
First Goal: Marcus Bontempelli
Norm Smith: Steven May
Headline: May I break your heart - Dees down Dogs in thriller


Cameron Kellaghan-Tasker

Winner: Western Bulldogs
Margin: 8 points
Norm Smith: Bailey Smith
First goal: Mitch Hannan
Headline: Thereā€™s a new Big Bad Baz after Smith explodes in historic GF