AFL Live Carlton Blues vs Richmond Tigers Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Thursday 02 April 2015 online, 19.20pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
After 188 days without any AFL action, it’s finally back as the Blues and Tigers reclaim their position as the season opening game. The Tigers are wishing to dispel any memories of their 2014 finish when they were pumped in an elimination final. Whilst Mick Malthouse is out of contract and hoping Carlton can return to the finals.
Carlton will have three debutants in the navy blue with Liam Jones and Kristian Jaksch coming across in the trade period whilst first year player Clem Smith will make his debut. Whilst the Tigers could play elevated rookie Kane Lambert with oft-injured defender David Astbury out after being stung by a stingray.
The Tigers went 1-2 in the NAB Challenge – losing to the Bulldogs with an understrength side before smashing Port Adelaide and losing to North Melbourne two weeks ago. Whilst the Blues – despite losing to both West Coast and Geelong – performed well in both games and defeated Collingwood.
Carlton tall forwards vs Alex Rance, Troy Chaplin and Dylan Grimes – The Blues’ Achilles heal in recent times has been putting a winning score on the board. They have recruited Liam Jones to partner up forward alongside Levi Casboult and Henderson but they will be have to be at the top of their game to beat Richmond’s trio of key forwards. The Tigers look to have the upper hand on paper.
Carlton and Richmond have played 213 times with the Blues leading 125-86 with two draws. The Blues have won nine of their last 11 games against Richmond by an average of 40-points. Although they have split their last four 2-2. Their last five games have finished with a margin under 21-points. Carlton have won five of their eight early round blockbusters since the tradition first started in 2007. Richmond have covered the line in only three of their last ten games against the Blues. The Blues are 3-2 both head-to-head and against the line in round 1 since 2010. Whilst the Tigers are 2-3 both head to head and against the line in the same period. As per Champion Data Formguide (see below) – Carlton is 2-8 with one draw in its last 10 games at the MCG whilst the Tigers are 4-6.
The first game of round 1 is usually played at a nice pace with the game really opening up in the second half – this is very conducive to big scores (especially if weather conditions suit). The Tigers have a more solid backline with coach Damien Hardwick public in his desire to start the year well (in 2014 they lost 10 of their first 13). If the Tigers are to play finals for a third year in a row they need to take care of business in winnable games. Don’t be surprised if Dustin Martin ($67-$34 for the Brownlow already in 2015) has 33 possessions and two goals – he is primed for a big year!
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B: K. Jaksch 18 M. Jamison 40 S. Rowe 17
HB: S. Docherty 15 Z. Tuohy 42 S. White 43
C: K. Simpson 6 C. Judd 5 D. Thomas 39
HF: M. Murphy 3 L. Jones 14 C. Smith 25
F: C. Yarran 13 L. Henderson 23 T. Menzel 2
Foll: C. Wood 36 B. Gibbs 4 P. Cripps 9
Inter: T. Bell 28 A. Carrazzo 44 E. Curnow 35 A. Everitt 33
Emerg: L. Casboult 41 D. Ellard 46 J. Tutt 22
B: T. Chaplin 25 J. Batchelor 11 A. Rance 18
HB: B. Houli 14 N. Vlastuin 31 D. Grimes 2
C: B. Ellis 5 T. Cotchin 9 K. McIntosh 33
HF: S. Morris 38 S. Edwards 10 B. Deledio 3
F: Riewoldt 8 B. Griffiths 24 S. Lloyd 27
Foll: I. Maric 20 D. Martin 4 T. Hunt 28
Inter: S. Grigg 6 C. Newman 1 A. Miles 26 N. Gordon 22
Emerg: R. Petterd 13 T. Vickery 29 K. Lambert 48