Venue: MCG at 2:10pm AEST
PAST FIVE TIMES
R18, 2016, Sydney 10.14 (74) d Carlton 10.8 (68) at the SCG
R2, 2016, Sydney 20.11 (131) d Carlton 10.11 (71) at Etihad Stadium
R9, 2015, Sydney 19.8 (122) d Carlton 9.8 (62) at the SCG
R17, 2014, Sydney 18.14 (122) d Carlton 7.9 (51) at the SCG
1SF, 2013, Sydney 13.8 (86) d Carlton 8.14 (62) at ANZ Stadium
Game notes: The powerful figure of spearhead Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin looms large in this contest as the Swans chase their first win of the season. Franklin has feasted on the Blues’ defence since moving to the Harbour City, booting 21 goals in four games against them. But Franklin will be hoping for better supply from up the field on Saturday than he has received this season. The win-less Swans have made their worst start to a season since 1993 and sit on the bottom for the first time since round 24, 1994. But they appear to have too much talent for Carlton. After being thrashed by Port Adelaide last week, the challenge for the youngsters in Brendon Bolton’s team is to put that behind them, with their leaders including skipper Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs and Matthew Kreuzer needing to show the way.
Thommo’s Tip: Sydney by 15 points.
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