Australian Football League Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Carlton Blues Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 09 match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 21 May 2016 online, 19.25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
North are unbeaten, but face AFL’s version of Leicester with the heretofore hapless Carlton on a four match winning streak.
North continue to be undefeated, but each win seems to be more unimpressive than the last, allowing both the Dons and Saints to outscore them by four goals in the second half over the last fortnight. Are they wilting, or purposely putting the cue in the rack?
Carlton have become the feel-good surprise of the season among the lower ranked clubs, peeling off four wins in a row, albeit against poor performing or inconsistent sides. Still, they continue to get the job done, each win fuelling more belief.
Before selections on Thursday night, this was the game I could see North losing. However, with Carlton missing so many big players, I have my doubts. After all… who have North even beaten this year? Anyway, moving on… Bryce Gibbs is the #1 ranked player in Fantasy at the moment over the last three weeks with an average of 131, he had 115 on the Roos last year and is paying $3.50 to take out the group. But you can’t look past Goldstein ($2.70) who will monster a ‘ruckless’ Blues outfit. This is the easiest bet of the day in my eyes as he’s up against Daniel Gorringe ha ha, I can’t say that without laughing. Just enjoy the show.
North have won six of their last 10 against Carlton, but the Blues have won two of the last three. They have only played each other once a season since 2008, so many players and coaches have changed hands.
An interesting match-up presents, between a clearly superior team down on form despite winning, and the in-form side on the rise, defined by discipline and heart.
It’s hard to trust North by any sort of margin as a short favourite given they’ve stumbled over the line against the Saints and Bombers in the last fortnight. Carlton will present them with a more obvious challenge, so they may be sharper for it, but then the impact of missing their two best playmakers, Shaun Higgins and Daniel Wells, can’t be underestimated.
The Blues have taken advantage of a perfect patch of four games, and their honesty has particularly undone Fremantle, Collingwood and Port, who each turned up expecting the win without putting in requisite effort.
It’s going to be hard to find a bet with confidence, so value looks the order of the day.
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B: M.Firrito, R.Tarrant, L.McDonald
HB: N.Dal Santo, S.Thompson, S.Atley
C: S.Gibson, A.Swallow, J.Macmillan
HF: B.McKenzie, J.Waite, B.Harvey
F: B.Brown, D.Petrie, L.Thomas
Foll: T.Goldstein, B.Cunnington, J.Ziebell
I/C: T.Dumont, A.Mullett, R.Nahas, F.Ray
Emer: R.Clarke, M.Daw, C.Wagner
In: M.Firrito, F.Ray, T.Dumont
Out: M.Daw, B.Jacobs (foot), M.Wood (concussion)
New: Farren Ray (St Kilda)
B: C.Byrne, S.White, J.Weitering
HB: S.Docherty, L.Plowman, Z.Tuohy
C: J.Lamb, P.Cripps, D.Armfield
HF: D.Thomas, L.Jones, M.Wright
F: A.Everitt, S.Rowe, E.Curnow
Foll: D.Gorringe, B.Gibbs, M.Murphy
I/C: K.Simpson, S.Kerridge, A.Walker, L.Sumner
Emer: N.Graham, B.Boekhorst, C.Wood
In: S.White, D.Gorringe, J.Weitering
Out: M.Jamison (illness), M.Kreuzer (knee), L.Casboult (leg)
New: Daniel Gorringe (Gold Coast)