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Sunday afternoon football is to be played in Victoria, as a poor Carlton outfit host a striving-for-finals Hawthorn. Join The Roar for live scores and a live blog from 1:10pm AEST.
What a trying season it has been for the Carlton Football Club. Eighteen rounds in, they’ve only saluted victory once.
Their last few outings have been amongst the most disappointing football in a long while: terrible losses to Brisbane and St Kilda, neither being genuinely brilliant teams themselves.
Today’s game is where we’ll see the struggling outfit up against a team possibly of a different calibre to the previous two weeks.
Mind you, in some weird way, Hawthorn could be of a lower calibre than some of the Blues’ recent opposition given their shock Tasmanian loss to an in-form Brisbane side last weekend.
That loss severely dented their already limited finals hopes, while an unexpected loss today would see those hopes all but evaporate completely.
For all the talk about Carlton’s struggles, they’ve still got a number of good players in their side.
Charlie Curnow and on-the-field, off-the-field Harry McKay will strive to trouble the Hawks’ defensive structure (an area of intrigue, given James Sicily’s recent injury).
Then again, Luke Bruest has been in stellar form for Hawthorn.
In the midfield, in what is almost becoming a cliche to say, Tom Mitchell and Patrick Cripps should at least excite Sunday footy-goers with their head-to-head battle.
There’s changes aplenty for both the opposing clubs. Carlton’s made five.
Jed Lamb has been suspended, Jarrod Garlett and Sam Rowe are omitted, Matthew Kruezer is being managed and Dale Thomas has been injured.
Jacob Weitering, Nick Graham, Levi Casboult, Matthew Wright and Matthew Lobbe are all in – the latter for his Blues’ debut.
Hawthorn have made a trio of changes. Obviously, they’ve lost Sicily to injury, whilst also dropping Tim O’Brien and Taylor Duryea. Kaiden Brand, Ryan Schoenmakers, James Worpel all make the squad in their place.
Hawthorn. Every day of the week, Hawthorn will win this one. They’ll win by probably about 8 goals, a largely conservative estimate. Still, though – given the Suns win yesterday, there’s still very, microscopic hope of an upset. They do happen.
Hawthorn by 53
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