Venue: Spotless Stadium, Saturday 4.35pm AEST
Last 5 Times:
R22, 2015, Greater Western Sydney 20.12 (132) d Carlton 7.9 (51) at Spotless Stadium
R7, 2015, Greater Western Sydney 19.21 (135) d Carlton 9.3 (57) at Etihad Stadium
R14, 2014, Greater Western Sydney 15.10 (100) d Carlton 14.8 (92) at Spotless Stadium
R10, 2013, Carlton 22.16 (148) d Greater Western Sydney 8.6 (54) at Etihad Stadium
R6, 2012, Carlton 15.20 (110) d Greater Western Sydney 6.7 (43) at Etihad Stadium
Top SC scorers from last game:
GWS: Treloar 136, Cameron 135, Downie 117
Carlton: Bell 115, Simpson 101, Curnow 100
Game notes: Carlton has become Greater Western Sydney’s bunnies in the past two seasons, and the home side will be dead set on continuing that trend before the Giants have their mid-season bye next week. The Giants have smashed the Blues in their last two meetings, both last year, and won the last clash on their home deck by 81 points thanks to a seven-goal haul for Jeremy Cameron. The star forward has struggled for form over the past month so the visitors will need to be wary of his mercurial abilities inside 50, especially if the GWS midfield can crank up the supply. The Blues will be fresh after having round 13 off, so there’s no opportunity for them to arrest a three-game losing streak against the Giants.
The 6 Points:
1. The Giants kicked a combined 39 goals in their two wins over the Blues in 2015, and won by a combined 159 points.
2. In those matches star forward Jeremy Cameron booted 12 goals, five in the first, seven in the second.
3. GWS continues to dominate most opposition sides in the clearance count, with Leon Cameron’s men ranked second in the league with 40 per game. In contrast the Blues are equal 15th with 33.7 per game.
4. The Giants and Carlton clash for the sixth time this week, with the Giants winning three games to two; the Blues won the first two matches but GWS have dominated since.
5. The Blues are the worst contested possession side in 2016, ranked 18th with just 131.1 per game. It’s a different story in uncontested possession, where they’re ranked fifth, averaging 242.1.
6. The Giants have four players in the top 50 of Schick AFL player ratings in Dylan Shiel (17), Callan Ward (21), Ryan Griffen (41) and Heath Shaw (49), while Carlton have none. Captain Marc Murphy is their highest ranked player at number 80.
MJ’s tip: GWS by 35
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