AFL Round 11 Match of the Round – Carlton V Geelong

This Friday night sees a bumper AFL clash take place with Carlton out to topple reigning premiers Geelong in order to get their season back on track. After a strong start to 2012, the Blues have struggled losing three of their last four matches while Geelong will be out to show they are again premiership contenders after some indifferent form this year. Whoever wins will overtake the other on the competition ladder as they currently fill the bottom two spots of the top eight on 24 points.

Carlton

If Carlton don’t step up here it could be detrimental to their season as they are slipping down the ladder at an alarming rate. They have been simply poor across the park in the last few weeks and were embarrassed by Port when losing 99-45 last weekend. That should be all the motivation the Blues require to produce their best this weekend. The Blues are likely to receive a boost with Matthew Kreuzer, Nick Duigan and Lachie Henderson all set to return to the side from injury this weekend.

Geelong

There is no denying the Cats have been below their best this year and they get an excellent opportunity to show they are again a genuine premiership threat this weekend. They have beaten weak Western Bulldogs and GWS sides convincingly in the past two weeks but face a far tougher proposition with the talented, albeit underperforming, Blues. One Geelong player who has been at his best is Steve Johnson took 11 marks and kicked five goals this weekend and the Cats will again be looking to him to provide some much needed spark.

The Tip

Two teams who are not at their best but it is Geelong to look the more likely to feature at the business end of the season and they should be slightly too strong for their counterparts.

Geelong by 8

The Bet

Geelong Win $1.52

It’s too tough to tip Geelong to cover the -11.5 line but they should get the chocolates and the $1.52 is a great banker to start any multi bet.

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