AFL Live Carlton Blues vs Western Bulldogs Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 04 Match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 16 April 2016 online, 19.25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
A fast Dogs against a slow Blues, at Etihad? Trouble brewing for Carlton.
Carlton has pulled a surprise, omitting long-time defensive staple Michael Jamison, for ex-Giant Lachie Plowman. The guard is changing under Brendon Bolton. Blaine Boekhorst is injured and Mark Whiley has also been dropped, and in come Liam Sumner and Jed Lamb as replacements.
The Dogs have lost Bob Murphy to that ACL suffered in the final seconds of last weeks match, and Jed Adcock comes in, to at least offer the experience if not the skill.
Carlton put up a strong showing in Round 1 against Richmond, to give their supporters hope for the season ahead, but were unlucky to run into two of the form sides in the competition after that, being touched up by Sydney and Gold Coast. Unfortunately for them, they face another tough ask here.
The Western Bulldogs faced their acid test last week against the Hawks, and while they didn’t win, they must be given a pass mark at least. Overawed early to trail by 32 points, they then rattled off nine of the next eleven goals to take a 19 point lead at one stage. You don’t do that to Hawthorn without being very, very good.
Carlton have opened the season 1-2 ATS, following on from a 50% ratio last year. The Dogs are 2-1 ATS in 2016, running at the same ratio as 2015 when they were 65%. Carlton are 2-1 at the over, while the Dogs are 1-2 so far this season.
These sides have split their last eight matches, all at Etihad Stadium, 4-4. Both sides have winning records ATS at the ground since the start of 2014, the Blues at 65%, the Dogs at 59%. Carlton has won five of 37 night matches since 2013. The Dogs are seven of 13 at night in this time.
There look to be a number of one-sided matches this round, and this could be the most extreme of them. It all depends on how the Dogs have responded to the ACL injury of their captain, spiritual leader and talisman, Bob Murphy. Will they be in a bit of a funk, as the majority of the football world seems to have been over the injury? Or will they rise above it to make a statement that they will not be stopped?
The Dogs best footy is defined by adherence to defensive structure, fierce pressure and quick ball movement. If they bring all of it, the Blues don’t stand a chance. Carlton will look to play their own quick style, but lack of class is sure to bring them undone. They’ll win games in time, but not this one.
B: K.Simpson, S.Rowe, Z.Tuohy
HB: D.Thomas, J.Weitering, L.Plowman
C: S.Docherty, M.Murphy, M.Wright
HF: N.Graham, L.Casboult, B.Gibbs
F: L.Sumner, A.Phillips, C.Curnow
FOLL: M.Kreuzer, P.Cripps, S.Kerridge
INT: C.Byrne, J.Lamb, E.Curnow, D.Buckley
EMG: M.Jamison, D.Cuningham, M.Whiley
IN: L.Plowman, L.Sumner, J.Lamb
OUT: B.Boekhorst (Hamstring), M.Jamison (Omitted), M.Whiley (Omitted)
B: M.Boyd, M.Adams, D.Morris
HB: M.Suckling, J.Hamling, J.Johannisen
C: L.Hunter, T.Liberatore, S.Biggs
HF: L.Picken, M.Bontempelli, J.Stringer
F: L.Dahlhaus, T.Boyd, C.Daniel
FOLL: J.Roughead, J.Macrae, M.Wallis
INT: T.McLean, K.Stevens, J.Adcock, L.Jong
EMG: Z.Cordy, T.Campbell, B.Dale
OUT: R.Murphy (Knee)