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Eddie Betts makes his official Carlton Blues return on Sunday, the beloved goalsneak pulling on the navy blue once again as they host the Brisbane Lions at Ikon Park. Join The Roar for live scores from 6:40pm (AEDT).
After missing the Blues’ first Marsh Community Series match after being selected for State of Origin ‘duties, goalsneak Betts’ homecoming begins at the club’s old fortress of Ikon Park. To add to the excitement for Blues fans, he’s back in his old #19 guernsey that he wore for 184 games between 2005 and 2013.
The Blues have been tipped to rise up the ladder in 2020 after several ordinary seasons, and new full-time coach David Teague will be keen to end the pre-season a winner, after a disappointing loss to Fremantle in Game 1 last week.
They don’t need to look far to see how quickly things can click into gear – the Lions were last year’s fairytale story, emphatically ending a nine-year finals drought to finish the home-and-away season second.
But a pair of home final losses to end their year will sting for the Lions’ senior players, and this clash of two teams with plenty of young stars between them could well be a Grand Final preview for sometime this decade.
First bounce: 6:40pm (AEDT)
Venue: Ikon Park, Melbourne
TV: Fox Footy
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Odds: Blues $2.32, Lions $1.60
Carlton Blues line-up
B: 6 Kade Simpson, 22 Caleb Marchbank, 14 Liam Jones
HB: 15 Sam Docherty (c), 23 Jacob Weitering, 24 Nic Newman
C: 43 Will Setterfield, 9 Patrick Cripps (c), 32 Jack Newnes
HF: 1 Jack Silvagni, 41 Levi Casboult, 40 Michael Gibbons
F: 19 Eddie Betts, 11 Mitch McGovern, 25 Zac Fisher
R: 8 Matthew Kreuzer, 18 Sam Walsh, 2 Paddy Dow
I/C: 3 Marc Murphy, 5 Sam Petrevski-Seton, 12 Tom De Koning, 20 Lachie Plowman, 21 Jack Martin, 29 Cameron Polson, 34 Sam Philp, 35 Ed Curnow
Brisbane Lions line-up
B: 24 Marcus Adams, 31 Harris Andrews, 27 Darcy Gardiner
HB: 10 Daniel Rich, 14 Grant Birchall, 43 Noah Answerth
C: 5 Mitch Robinson, 17 Jarryd Lyons, 33 Zac Bailey
HF: 15 Dayne Zorko (c), 30 Eric Hipwood, 11 Lincoln McCarthy
F: 16 Cam Rayner, 25 Daniel McStay, 23 Charlie Cameron
R: 12 Stefan Martin, 6 Hugh McCluggage, 9 Lachie Neale
I/C: 2 Deven Robertson, 4 Callum Ah Chee, 7 Jarrod Berry, 22 Mitchell Hinge, 29 Alex Witherden, 37 Brandon Starcevich, 40 Jack Payne, 46 Oscar McInerney