AFL Live Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues Streaming Free 2018 Regular Seasons week 01 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Thursday 22 March 2018 online, 19:25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The long wait for the 2018 AFL home and away season to begin will be over on Thursday March 25 when Richmond take on Carlton in the traditional season opener at the MCG.
The Tigers head in as favourites for the big clash that gets underway at 7.25PM. All the action can be seen live on Channel 7 and Fox Footy.
Richmond begin their quest to go back to back after last year’s drought breaking premiership and will unfurl their flag in front of what should be a crowd of over 80,000 people.
The Tigers will be out to avoid the dreaded hangover this year, something that beset the 2016 winners, the Western Bulldogs, last year and all signs have been positive so far in the pre-season.
Damien Hardwick’s men looked super impressive in both of their JLT Community Series games, defeating Essendon by 87 and North Melbourne by 70. They head into this as $1.20 favourites in early markets with CrownBet.
Carlton have been steadily improving under coach Brendan Bolton, who enters his third year in charge of the Blues. Their host of younger players, including Jacob Wietering, Patrick Cripps and Caleb Marchbank have been impressive. If those players combine with the likes of Marc Murphy and Kade Simpson their side is in with a chance.
However, the task at hand in this particular game does seem pretty difficult for the Blues. Dustin Martin, Josh Caddy, Shane Edwards and Alex Rance are just a handful of familiar names that have looked good in the pre-season and the Tigers should have too many answers on Thursday.
Richmond will be without at least two of their premiership heroes in Daniel Rioli (foot) and Nathan Broad (suspension), while there are slight doubts on Bachar Houli.
Carlton have stated that Matthew Kruezer will be ok to line up despite concerns over an ankle injury. Sam Rowe, Darcy Lang and Jarrod Garlett are among others that will be assessed at training during the week.
Richmond have won their past six against Carlton by an average margin of just over four goals. The Tigers won the corresponding game last year by 43 points. Dustin Martin has been a dominant force in recent times in games between the two sides, while Patrick Cripps has been a solid contributor for the Blues.
B: Rance, Astbury, Grimes
HB: Vlastuin, Short, B.Ellis
C: Grigg, Edwards, Cotchin
HF: Castagna, Graham, Townsend
F: Riewoldt, Caddy, Butler
FOLL: Nankervis, Lambert, Martin
I/C: Conca, Bolton, McIntosh, C.Ellis
EMG: Miles, Lloyd, Moore, Soldo
B: Simpson, Jones, Marchbank
HB: Thomas, Weitering, Plowman
C: Mullett, Cripps, Murphy
HF: Fisher, Casboult, Garlett
F: Wright, Curnow, Silvagni
I/C: Byrne, Curnow, Dow, Lamb
EMG: O’Shea, McKay, Polson, Cuningham