AFL Live Carlton Blues vs Sydney Swans Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 02 Match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 02 April 2016 online, 04.40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Carlton looked a new outfit under Brendon Bolton in Round 1 but just lacked the quality to get the job done over Richmond, while Sydney made short work of a pathetic Collingwood to start the season in barnstorming style.
Carlton fans will look forward to their team being strengthened by the return of Dale Thomas, after he missed Round 1 with suspension. He only played five matches last season, and will be looking to justify his pay-packet. Sydney replaces a young key defender (Michael Talia) with an old one (Ted Richards), in what should be the only change at the Swans.
Carlton almost pinched victory from an undermanned and underwhelming Richmond in Round 1, off the back of some impressive, albeit non-winning, NAB Challenge showings against Hawthorn and Sydney. They appear to have come a long way from the insipid displays they put on in 2015. Sydney started proving the doubters wrong in the strongest possible way to open the season, pummelling Collingwood to the tune of 80 points, recording the biggest victory of Round 1. But were the Swans that good, or was it more the abject failure of the Pies to play with any intensity?
Sydney has put together a five game winning streak over Carlton, with an average winning margin of 40 points. Lance Franklin has particularly enjoyed suiting up against the Blues since joining the Swans, taking them for six and seven goals in his two outings. Since 2010, he has never kicked less than four goals in a match against Carlton, averaging five goals against them in that time. Both of these sides were in the bottom three for covering line bets in 2015, but both did so comfortably in the opening round. Are they both going to be underrated in the early part of the season?
If there’s one certainty we can bring to this match, it’s that Carlton will provide more opposition to Sydney than Collingwood did.
Brendon Bolton has the Blues playing a better style of footy, to be sure, but it all starts with demanding a hunger for the contest from his players. This sort of pressure won’t make it easy for the Swans to move the ball as freely as they did last week. Sydney has enough quality through the middle and up forward, and enough experience down back, to ensure victory, but the match won’t be just handed to them.
B Sam Docherty, Michael Jamison, Simon White
HB Dale Thomas, Jacob Weitering, Zach Tuohy
C Nick Graham, Marc Murphy, Kade Simpson
HF Blaine Boekhorst, Levi Casboult, Sam Kerridge
F Andrew Walker, Andrejs Everitt, Ed Curnow
FOL Matthew Kreuzer, Patrick Cripps, Bryce Gibbs
I/C Charlie Curnow, Andrew Phillips, Matthew Wright, Jed Lamb
EMG Ciaran Byrne, Sam Rowe, Dylan Buckley
IN: Dale Thomas, Charlie Curnow
OUT: Sam Rowe (Omitted), Dylan Buckley (Omitted)
NEW: Charlie Curnow
B Zak Jones, Ted Richards, Nick Smith
HB Dane Rampe, Heath Grundy, Jeremy Laidler
C Jake Lloyd, Josh P. Kennedy, Dan Hannebery
HF Callum Mills, Lance Franklin, Luke Parker
F Harry Cunningham, Kurt Tippett, Isaac Heeney
FOL Callum Sinclair, Kieren Jack, Tom Mitchell
I/C George Hewett, Tom Papley, Daniel Robinson, Dean Towers
EMG Tom Derickx, Brandon Jack, James Rose
IN: Ted Richards
OUT: Michael Talia (Foot)