On Sunday afternoon, two top eight sides will battle it out at the Etihad Stadium when sixth placed Sydney travel to the seventh placed Carlton, as they both fight to retain their top eight positions – and this weekend you will not get much better action!
Carlton suffered a crucial loss to the Dogs last weekend in front of a disappointed home crowd, and need to win this weekend to stop the slippery slope down the ladder at this point in the season.
The Blues are at $1.61 for a win with Ladbrokes.com.au, and could leapfrog the Sydney side and move to sixth, with percentage alone keeping them below the Swans on the ladder.
The last time the two met was this exact time last year, at the same ground, and the Blues will certainly hope the result goes the same way as they won 19.10(124) to 9.9(63).
Sydney are the outsiders for this fixture at $2.33, however their two losses in the past five weeks outweigh the Blues’ three, so they could be a strong wager.
The Swans struggled against North Melbourne last round, in a fixture which on paper should easily have been their own. Nevertheless, a win is a win at this point, and that same motto goes for this weekend.
An interesting matchup for fans to watch is the Swans’ newly reformed Adam Goodes, who will be up against the superb Chris Judd if Paul Roos keeps him in the same influential position as last weekend.
This is a tough one to call, as neither the Blues nor the Swans have recently played the footy we know they are capable of, and both are holding onto their top eight places by the skin of their teeth.
We are tipping a Sydney win in the first term, with Carlton ahead for the remaining three at $8 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
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After a shocking drop in form last weekend which left crowds thinking they had bought tickets to the wrong game, Carlton will hit the oval this Sunday to redeem themselves.
With Eddie Betts, Jeff Garlett and Chris Yarran all remarkably quiet last game, the trio will certainly look to score hard and fast this round, while the Swans constantly seem to struggle against the Blues. Therefore we are tipping a Sydney win in the first term, with Carlton ahead for the remaining three at $8 with Ladbrokes.com.au.