Venue: MCG at 3:20pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
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
R6, 2013, Carlton 18.13 (121) d Melbourne 8.12 (60) at the MCG
Game notes: These clubs met in a spiteful clash in round two, which should ensure the temperature gauge is at boiling point on Sunday with plenty of physical clashes. The previous encounter against Melbourne established a worrying trend for Carlton which has happened in subsequent meetings, hitting the front late in games before being overrun by teams with deeper midfields. Key forward Jesse Hogan, one of the key protagonists in round two, and Jeff Garlett look set to return for Melbourne, but its midfield has been ravaged by injury and the absence of co-captains Nathan Jones and Jack Viney, as well as Jack Watts and Christian Salem, will be difficult to cover. The clash between last year’s All Australian ruckman Max Gawn and heir apparent Matthew Kreuzer looms as so important while Patrick Cripps, Bryce Gibbs and Marc Murphy should take advantage of the depleted Melbourne midfield.
Hutta’s Tip: Carlton by 12 points.
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