Where and When: SCG at 7:50pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R23, 2017, Sydney 21.12 (138) d Carlton 8.9 (57) at the SCG
R6, 2017, Carlton 15.7 (97) d Sydney 11.12 (78) at the MCG
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
The Swans might have stumbled at home three times early in the season, but they’ve steadied to win three straight and currently sit in fourth spot after 10 rounds. The Blues, and in particular key defender Liam Jones, will be keen to test themselves at the SCG after they were humiliated by 81 points in round 23 last year, thanks to a 10-goal haul from Lance Franklin. Gun onballer Patrick Cripps, and the Curnow brothers Ed and Charlie, have been shining lights for Carlton in 2018, and the trio must have a massive influence on Friday night if the visitors are any chance of an upset. Ed Curnow might get the job on Sydney star Luke Parker, or he might lock onto Josh Kennedy who was best afield against Brisbane last week. Franklin will be Carlton’s biggest headache but they must also keep the likes of Will Hayward, Ben Ronke and Tom Papley quiet, or the Swans might rack up another big score.
Thommo’s Tip: Sydney by 45 points.
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