WHERE AND WHEN: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, July 28, 7.25pm AEST
One week ago there was almost a morbid fascination about this match, but following Gold Coast’s historic upset of Sydney last week, the stakes have been lowered ever so slightly. The Suns are now three games ahead of Carlton on the ladder and even if the Blues win, the chances of them avoiding the wooden spoon seem slim. Brendon Bolton’s men have had a horror year, dealing with a dreadful injury toll and a losing streak that has hit new lows in recent weeks with floggings from bottom-four teams Brisbane and St Kilda. But they would still fancy themselves in this match, despite the Suns’ breakthrough win last week. Stuart Dew’s men had shown patches of form leading up to the victory over Sydney, but took their pressure to a whole new level. With a couple of seasoned players expected to return, the Suns will go in strong favourites to make it back-to-back wins and jump further up the ladder.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R2, 2018, Gold Coast 15.11 (101) d Carlton 9.13 (67) at Etihad Stadium
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
Hutta’s Tip: Gold Coast by 15 points.
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