Venue: Etihad Stadium at 1:45 AEDT
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R13, 2017, Carlton 12.11 (83) d Gold Coast 11.7 (73) at Metricon Stadium
R4, 2017, Gold Coast 17.6 (108) d Carlton 12.10 (82) at Etihad Stadium
R3, 2016, Gold Coast 13.17 (95) d Carlton 5.11 (41) at Metricon Stadium
R13, 2015, Carlton 14.19 (103) d Gold Coast 9.15 (69) at Etihad Stadium
R20, 2014, Carlton 14.13 (97) d Gold Coast 8.10 (58) at Etihad Stadium
After their loss to Richmond in the season-opener, the Blues will be determined to bounce back hard as they return to Etihad Stadium for the first time this season. Midfielder Patrick Cripps and athletic forward Charlie Curnow were in sublime form against the Tigers and ruckman Matthew Kreuzer helped set up the early lead before being restricted by injury late in the game. The Suns are on the road again after giving Stuart Dew the perfect start to his coaching tenure in tough conditions at Cazalys Stadium last Saturday. Already they appear to have a harder edge, finishing with more disposals, clearances, marks and inside 50s than the Kangaroos. Key Carlton defender Liam Jones subdued Suns co-captain Tom Lynch when they met in round 13 last season and the pair are likely to lock horns again on Saturday.
Thommo’s Tip: Carlton by 12 points.
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