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Fremantle have won their first away match of the AFL season in record-breaking style, holding hapless Carlton goalless in the opening half on the way to a 57-point triumph at Etihad Stadium.
Carlton Blues 6.10.46
Fremantle Dockers 15.13.103
The Carlton Blues welcome the Fremantle Dockers to Etihad Stadium in a clash either side will feel they have a serious chance to take all four points. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 1:45pm (AEST).
The Blues are coming off the bye and there is no escaping that it has been a very poor season from Carlton so far.
No one had high expectations on them going into 2018, but you can’t help but feel they should be showing more.
There is no denying they have some unbelievable footballers in the likes of Patrick Cripps and Charlie Curnow, but that just isn’t proving enough to get wins up on the board.
Ultimately, Carlton has been the worst run club in Victoria within the AFL. Some of the decisions made over previous years just simply have not worked.
You look at some of the players they have shipped out for next to nothing, and then wonder how much better of a side they would be if they held onto those particular players.
They will come out the other end of this rebuild eventually as there is so much young talent on the list, but it will take longer than some Blues fans would like.
In team news this week for the Blues, Levi Casboult and Nick Graham return. David Cuningham (injured) and Cameron O’Shea (omitted) make way.
As for Fremantle, I would say their season hasn’t been too bad thus far. They certainly haven’t been exceptional, but you can definitely see some of the young talent coming through.
They narrowly beat the Adelaide Crows last week with Brennan Cox being the standout kicking four majors.
It was a really even performance from the Dockers which proved too much for Adelaide, and no doubt it should give them some confidence going into the clash this week against the Blues.
They were also missing some serious names such as Aaron Sandilands and Nat Fyfe in that victory.
In team news for the Dockers, Stephen Hill, Sandilands and Fyfe all return. Alex Pearce (injured), Michael Walters (suspension) and Scott Jones (omitted) all make way.
I am going to back Fremantle to get up in this one. The reality is either side could take the four points, but I just felt after Fremantle’s win last week against the Crows, that will give them the confidence to get the job done here.
Fremantle by 17.
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