Australian Football League (AFL) Live Carlton Blues vs Essendon Bombers match will be kick off at MCG, Melbourne,Saturday 30 August 2014 online, 13:45 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Blues look to bounce back from a 100-point defeat against arch enemies Essendon. The Bombers will be looking for a tune up to next week, whilst holidays await for the Carlton boys.
The Bombers have already ruled out tall forward Jake Carlisle with a hamstring injury, paving the way for Tom Bellchambers to return. Dyson Heppell needs to pass a fitness test on his hand but he’ll be back by week 1 for the finals at the latest. For the Blues, Marc Murphy will need to pass a concussion test to front up for the last game of the year whilst Daisy Thomas, Brock McLean and Andrejs Everitt are also listed as test.
The Blues have had a lamentable season going 7-14 to sit in 13th on the ladder. They’re 1-10 (6-5 against the line) vs top eight teams this year. Mick Malthouse was surprisingly upbeat despite their 103-point loss to Port Adelaide last week – and they’ll want to finish the year on a better note than that. The Bombers need to win to stay in seventh spot whilst a big win and a Kangaroos loss would lift them to sixth. They’ve won five of their past seven games and are 8-2 (2-8 against the line) record against bottom-ten teams this season
The Bombers absolutely annihilated Carlton in round three this year. Played in the unusual Sunday night slot, Essendon jumped out of the blocks cleanly with a seven goal lead at half-time. The Blues had no answer to the onslaught as Essendon increased their advantage after the main break eventually running out 81-point winners. Jackson Merrett had his best game for the club with 35 touches and ten marks whilst undersized forwards Paul Chapman, Brent Stanton, Jason Winderlich and Kyle Hardingham kicked 14 goals between them.
Essendon and Carlton have played each other 240 times with the Blues leading 122-113 with five draws. Since 2010 the Bombers are 5-4-1 (6-4 against the line) vs the Blues. Essendon is 10-10 (11-9 against the line) at the MCG since the start of 2012. Carlton is 5-11 (6-10 against the line) at the MCG under Mick Malthouse.
B Zach Tuohy, Michael Jamison, Sam Rowe
HB Ciaran Sheehan, Sam Docherty, Kade Simpson
C Tom Bell, Andrew Carrazzo, Ed Curnow
HF Chris Yarran, Levi Casboult, Troy Menzel
F Simon White, Jarrad Waite, Marc Murphy
Fol Cameron Wood, Chris Judd, Bryce Gibbs
I/C Dennis Armfield, Kane Lucas, Brock McLean, Matthew Watson
Emg Patrick Cripps, Nick Holman, Blaine Johnson
In Dennis Armfield, Brock McLean, Matthew Watson
Out Nick Graham (omitted), Nick Holman (Omitted), Blaine Johnson (omitted)
B Mark Baguley, Cale Hooker, Michael Hibberd
HB Dyson Heppell, Michael Hurley, Jason Winderlich.
C Ben Howlett, Jobe Watson, Travis Colyer.
HF Brendon Goddard, Patrick Ambrose, David Zaharakis.
F Zach Merrett, Joe Daniher, Paul Chapman
Fol Patrick Ryder, David Myers, Heath Hocking
I/C Brent Stanton, Courtenay Dempsey, Martin Gleeson, Tom Bellchambers.
Emg Orazio Fantasia, Jake Melksham, Ariel Steinberg
In Dyson Heppell, Martin Gleeson, Tom Bellchambers.
Out Orazio Fantasia (Omitted), Jake Carlisle (hamstring), Ariel Steinberg (omitted)