Venue: MCG at 1:10pm AEST
Last 5 times:
R10, 2015, Adelaide 14.15 (99) d Carlton 14.6 (90) at the MCG
R10, 2014, Carlton 12.9 (81) d Adelaide 10.16 (76) at the MCG
R5, 2013, Carlton 17.13 (115) d Adelaide 12.11 (83) at the MCG
R8, 2012, Adelaide 19.10 (124) d Carlton 8.7 (55) at Etihad Stadium
R5, 2011, Carlton 11.19 (85) d Adelaide 12.7 (79) at Etihad Stadium
Top SC scorers from last match:
- Carlton: Murphy 151, Simpson 109, Cripps 99
- Adelaide: Laird 132, Jacobs 131, Jenkins 115, Thompson 108
- In: Dennis Armfield
- Out: Ciaran Byrne (knee)
- In: Ricky Henderson
- Out: Luke Brown (Groin)
Game notes: Carlton have lost that brilliant early season form so it is not a great time to meet Adelaide, the form side of the competition. With Rory Sloane leading the charge, the Crows are dominating in the midfield and move the ball better than any other team and they will relish a trip to the open spaces of the ‘G.
With Adelaide looking to finally snag a top 4 position, Carlton will have to find another gear to snap their 3 game losing streak.
The 6 Points
1. Despite losing the game the last time these clubs met, Carlton had more disposals (410-322), took more marks (102-82) and had only one fewer inside 50. Josh Jenkins kicked five goals for the Crows.
2. The Crows’ advantage could be in contested possessions. Adelaide is ranked equal second with 152.9 a game and the Blues have struggled, ranked last with 130.4 a match.
3. Carlton and Adelaide will meet for the 35th time and the Blues hold a narrow advantage, with 18 games to 16 including four of the past six.
4. The Crows are the highest-scoring team this season, averaging 113 points a game. The Blues are ranked second last with only 72 points a match.
5. The clubs have played at the MCG five times, with Carlton winning three games to Adelaide’s two. They have clashed 23 times in Melbourne, with 14 wins to nine in the Blues’ favour.
6. Crows giant Sam Jacobs is the fourth-best ruckman in the AFL with 457.7 points, according to the AFL Player Ratings. On Sunday Jacobs, ranked No.42 overall, will face his former teammate Matthew Kreuzer, who is the 20th-ranked ruckman (No.295 overall) with 250.3 points.
Thommo’s tip: Adelaide by 30 points.
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