WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Sunday May 20, 1.10pm AEST
After winning its past three games, sixth-placed Melbourne is one of six teams with a 5-3 win-loss record, and will be looking for another victory to consolidate its position. The Demons were impressive in demolishing Gold Coast late last week, and the other two victories in this streak were against strugglers Essendon and St Kilda. Melbourne’s midfield is looking solid and creating plenty of scoring opportunities for an attack boosted by the return of Tom McDonald from injury. In contrast, Carlton has not kicked 100 points for almost two years. But the Blues would be buoyed by finally breaking through for their first win last week, and should play with much more confidence and flair as a result on Sunday. While the battle between ruckmen Max Gawn and Matthew Kreuzer will be intriguing, Melbourne’s bigger bodies in midfield and attack should prove too much for a plucky Carlton.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R16, 2017: Melbourne 14.6 (90) d Carlton 12.10 (82) at the MCG
R2, 2017: Melbourne 13.8 (86) d Carlton 9.10 (64) at the MCG
R22, 2016: Carlton 11.12 (78) d Melbourne 7.16 (58) at the MCG
R21, 2015: Carlton 12.6 (78) d Melbourne 7.13 (55) at the MCG
R4, 2014: Melbourne 12.9 (81) d Carlton 7.16 (58) at the MCG
Hutta’s Tip: Melbourne by 20 points
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