Australian Football League (AFL) Live Port Adelaide vs Carlton Blues match will be kick off at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide,Friday 22 August 2014 online, 19:50 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Blues may have split their last six games 3-3 but they are finding form at the right time of the year whilst Port need a win to keep their slim top four hopes alive.
The Blues will have to replace Dale Thomas, David Ellard, Brock McLean and Troy Menzel whilst big man Matthew Kreuzer could return after missing nearly the whole year. Nick Holman, Matthew Watson and Patrick Cripps are also in contention to return. For Port, Hamish Hartlett (ankle) is in doubt whilst Angus Monfries and Jackson Trengove are likely to return after missing the trip to the Gold Coast.
Port Adelaide rank second in points per game this year and fourth in disposals this season. They have won only two of their last seven games – with all of those last seven games having been decided by less than 27-points. They have a 9-2 record (5-6 against the line) vs bottom-ten teams this year. Port Adelaide has failed to cover the line in their last seven games. The Blues sit 13th on the ladder with no prospect of playing finals. Carlton is 1-9 (6-4 against the line) vs top eight teams this year.
The Power travelled to Etihad Stadium as outsiders in round 1 this year and came away with an impressive 33-point win. Justin Westhoff (five goals), Robbie Gray (four), Hamish Hartlett (two), Oli Wines (two), Jay Schulz (two) all kicked multiple goals whilst Kane Cornes had 30 touches. For the Blues Kade Simpson had 25 touches whilst Ed Curnow, Bryce Gibbs, Dale Thomas, Tom Bell and Jarrad Waite had two goals each.
Port Adelaide and Carlton have played 26 times with Port leading 14-11 with one draw. They have split their last four games 2-2. Since 2010, the Blues are 4-2 (3-3 against the line) vs Port. Carlton is 5-1 against the line in their last six matches this year. Port Adelaide has won nine of their 12 games (8-4 against the line) at the Adelaide Oval. Carlton is 4-5 (3-6 against the line) when interstate under Mick Malthouse.
B Jackson Trengove, Alipate Carlile, Tom Jonas
HB Matthew Broadbent, Jack Hombsch, Jasper Pittard
C Jared Polec, Ollie Wines, Hamish Hartlett
HF Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Angus Monfries
F Jake Neade, Jay Schulz, Chad Wingard
FOL Matthew Lobbe, Travis Boak, Brad Ebert
I/C Andrew Moore, Cam O’Shea, Kane Cornes, Matt White
EMG Aaron Young, Karl Amon, Jarman Impey
IN Jackson Trengove, Angus Monfries
OUT Thomas Logan (Omitted), Aaron Young (omitted)
B Simon White, Sam Rowe, Ciaran Sheehan
HB Zach Tuohy, Michael Jamison, Sam Docherty
C Kade Simpson, Marc Murphy, Blaine Johnson
HF Tom Bell, Jarrad Waite, Chris Yarran
F Troy Menzel, Levi Casboult, Nick Graham
FOL Cameron Wood, Chris Judd, Bryce Gibbs
I/C Ed Curnow, Andrew Carrazzo, Nick Holman, Kane Lucas
EMG Dennis Armfield, Patrick Cripps, Matthew Watson
IN Blaine Johnson, Nick Holman, Kane Lucas
OUT David Ellard (Ankle), Dennis Armfield (Omitted), Dale Thomas (Knee)
NEW Nick Holman