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Saturday night footy takes us to Marvel Stadium, as the Carlton Blues host the Western Bulldogs. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:25pm (AEST).
Well, well, well. Carlton have a new (interim) coach – and he’s yet to lose. Admittedly, it has only been one game, but what a win it was.
The Blues, in their clash last Saturday, stormed back from a 37-point deficit to overrun Brisbane and secure an impressive 15 point victory.
Tonight, they’re playing in Saturday’s marquee night spot against the only other team they have defeated this year: the Western Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs are sitting precariously as a 4-7 record, and are coming off a bye and three consecutive losses. The latest of those losses was a 61-point defeat in Western Australia at the hands of the Eagles.
They haven’t won since the beginning of May, so you’d expect them to be more than determined heading into this clash against the Blues.
The key thing tonight – and something that will go a long way towards determining who wins – is whether or not the Bulldogs opt to throw a tag on Patrick Cripps.
Cripps was enormous against the Lions, and is easily the barometer of the Blues. If he’s up and running, and accumulating plenty of the ball, you’d expect the Blues – who should still be on a new coach high – to be well in the game.
If the Dogs can nullify the Blues’ skipper’s influence, it’ll go a long way for their chances of a much-desired win.
Harry McKay, too, is going to be another influential player: he was very good against the Lions, and will want to continue his good form.
Marcus Bontempelli, without explanation, will be integral to the Bulldogs – particularly if they’re successful in nullifying the influence of Cripps.
There’s just a single change for the Blues. Famously named forward Jack Silvagni has been omitted from the side, while Marc Murphy returns after a few weeks off with a rib injury.
Two changes for the Bulldogs – Lachie Young has been omitted and Billy Gowers is out injured. Hayden Crozier and Tory Dickson come into the side.
This is the third time these two have met since Round 22, 2018, and they’ve so far split the four points – the Bulldogs winning last year, the Blues garnering a surprise win in April this season.
You’d expect this one to be close; both teams would be desperate for a win. If Cripps is shadowed and his influence decreased, the Bulldogs should win. But Carlton are ought to keep it close, and I’m (riskily) going to pick ‘em.
They’ll win with an exceptionally narrow margin.
Carlton by 4 points