Venue: Etihad Stadium at 1:10pm AEST
Last 5 times:
R8, 2015, Geelong 22.8 (140) d Carlton 9.9 (63) at Etihad Stadium
R21, 2014, Geelong 11.16 (82) d Carlton 11.10 (76) at Etihad Stadium
R12, 2014, Geelong 16.11 (107) d Carlton 15.12 (102) at Etihad Stadium
R3, 2013, Geelong 18.11 (119) d Carlton 15.13 (103) at Etihad Stadium
R11, 2012, Geelong 14.13 (97) d Carlton 11.19 (85) at Etihad Stadium
Top SC scorers from last match:
Carlton: Simpson 149, Murphy 95, Docherty 84
Geelong: Blicavs 134, Guthrie 121, Hawkins 119, Caddy 113
In: Casboult, Kreuzer
Out: Gorringe (Om.), Jones (Om.)
In: Lonergan, Kolodjashnij, Smedts
Out: Daniel Menzel (Soreness), Horlin-Smith (Om.), Bews (Om.)
Game notes: Carlton’s winning ways came to an abrupt end at the hands of the Kangaroos last week. Without Kreuzer and Casboult they broke down across half forward and couldn’t find an avenue to goal.
Facing Geelong today, scoring isn’t about to become any easier. Fresh from an embarrassing loss to the Pies, the Cats will be fired up to redeem themselves. Dangerfield and Selwood rarely play consecutive poor games and will try and put the young Blues to the sword early.
Let’s see how well baby Diesel and co. can stand up to the challenge.
The 6 Points
1. Geelong thrashed Carlton from start to finish the last time they played, in round eight last season. The Cats kicked six goals to two in the first quarter and 16 to seven after quarter-time. Jordan Murdoch had a career-best game, finishing with 26 disposals and four goals. It was Mick Malthouse’s last game as Carlton coach.
2. The Cats are the No.1-ranked team for marks inside 50, averaging 16.9. Powerhouse forward Tom Hawkins is the best player in the AFL for marks inside 50 with 33.
3. Geelong has dominated Carlton recently, winning the past seven matches. The Blues have not won since round five, 2010, at the MCG.
4. This will be a battle of the two best clearance players in 2016. Carlton’s Patrick Cripps leads with 69, two ahead of Geelong skipper Joel Selwood on 67.
5. Carlton’s record against Geelong at Etihad Stadium is terrible – 14 contests for 14 losses. There have been some heavy defeats, including six by more than 50 points.
6. Two of Geelong’s stars are in the top 10 of the AFL Player Rankings. Patrick Dangerfield is at No. 2 with 651.2 points and skipper Joel Selwood 10th with 549.3. Captain Marc Murphy is the Blues’ best at No. 60 with 436.3.
Thommo’s Tip: Geelong by 45 points
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