AFL Live Carlton Blues vs Essendon Bombers Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium (MCG), Melbourne, Australia Saturday 18 April 2015 online, 13.45pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
These two sides are heading in very different directions with the Blues winless after two very disappointing losses whilst the Bombers arguably should be undefeated following a close loss to Sydney and upsetting Hawthorn..
The Bombers will be without David Myers for at least three months with a shoulder injury but could welcome back Dustin Fletcher. The Blues may make whole-sale changes after two losses with Andrew Walker, Nick Graham, Mark Whiley, Blaine Boekhorst and Dylan Buckley headlining the likely inclusions.
The Blues are last in disposals, 16th in hit-outs, 17th in contested possessions and 18th in inside 50s per game in 2015. Essendon ranks second in tackles, third in kicks and clearances and fourth in contested possessions. They are 15th in points per game with their defence being a cornerstone of their impressive start to the year.
Dyson Heppell v Ed Curnow – the 22-year old Bomber has started the season on fire – averaging 30 touches and five inside 50s per game whilst ranking ninth in disposals and sixth in kicks. Expect Curnow to get the assignment to curtail Heppell after his 34-touches against the Hawks.
Essendon and Carlton have played each other 241 times with the Blues leading 122-113 with six draws. Since 2010 the Bombers are 5-4-2 (6-5 against the line) vs the Blues, though the Bombers have won three of the last four before last year’s draw in round 23. Essendon is 11-11-1 (12-11 against the line) at the MCG since the start of 2012. Carlton is 5-12-1 (7-11 against the line) at the MCG under Mick Malthouse. The under total match score has saluted in 11 of the 18 games this year and seven of the nine games in round 2
Chips in Essendon. They have shown that they are legitimate top four contenders on the back of their performances against Sydney and Hawthorn to start the year. The Blues may have won both of their first quarters for the year but they struggle to run out games, rely on too much from too few in the middle and have not found a reliable forward line combination just yet.
B Lachie Henderson, Michael Jamison, Zach Tuohy
HB Sam Docherty, Andrew Walker, Ciaran Byrne
C Andrejs Everitt, Patrick Cripps, Chris Yarran
HF Dennis Armfield, Liam Jones, David Ellard
F Marc Murphy, Levi Casboult, Kade Simpson
FOLL Cameron Wood, Bryce Gibbs, Chris Judd
I/C Tom Bell, Andrew Carrazzo, Ed Curnow, Sam Rowe
EMG Dylan Buckley, Jason Tutt, Mark Whiley
IN Walker, Byrne, Cripps, Armfield
OUT Smith, Tutt, White (knee), Menzel (calf)
B Michael Hibberd, Cale Hooker, Mark Baguley
HB Brent Stanton, Jake Carlisle, Dustin Fletcher
C Travis Colyer, Jobe Watson, Zach Merrett
HF Brendon Goddard, Patrick Ambrose, Martin Gleeson
F Adam Cooney, Michael Hurley, Joe Daniher
FOLL Tom Bellchambers, Jake Melksham, Dyson Heppell
I/C Paul Chapman, Ben Howlett, David Zaharakis, Jason Ashby
EMG Kyle Langford, James Gwilt, Courtenay Dempsey