Australian Football League Live Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 15 math will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Friday 10 July 2015 online, 19.50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Richmond Tigers fought off a gallant GWS last week and face a Carlton side that took it to the Bulldogs before ultimately falling short. Richmond will be looking at this one as another stepping stone towards a potential top-four berth.
The Blues have a host of key players listed as ‘test’ this week – including Patrick Cripps, Sam Rowe, Andrejs Everitt, Troy Menzel and Andrew Carrazzo though Bryce Gibbs will return after serving his suspension. Carlton will be missing at least two (Thomas and Graham) from their best 22. The Tigers will be need to replace Ivan Maric (suspended), Ben Griffiths (shoulder) and will miss Reece Conca and Corey Ellis form their ideal line-up this weekend. Shaun Hampson is likely to replace Maric with Ben Lennon, Matt Mea, Matt McDonough and Liam McBean pushing to replace Griffiths.
Having won six of their last seven, the Tigers are one of the in-form teams in the competition. Sitting sixth on the ladder, they rank just 11th in scoring but are fifth in least points conceded this season. They are 5-3 (4-4 against the line) vs bottom eight sides this season winning ugly against the Giants last week. The Blues have won two of their last three games and are 16th on the table. They rank 14th in scoring but 17th in most points conceded this season. They are 0-6 (3-3 against the line) vs top eight teams this year with those three covers all coming under interim coach John Barker.
Carlton and Richmond have played 214 times with the Blues leading 125-87 with two draws. The Blues have won nine of their last 12 games against Richmond by an average of 40-points. Although the Tigers have won the last two matches. Five of their last six have finished with a margin under 21-points. The Tigers are 8-11 (8-11 against the line) at the MCG since the start of 2014. Carlton is 6-15-1 (10-12 against the line) at the MCG under since the start of 2013. The Richmond is 11-7 (7-11 against the line) when starting as favourite in 2014-15. Carlton is 2-3 (but 5-0 against the line) when coached by John Barker. Richmond is 11-10-1 (12-10 against the line) in Thursday or Friday night matches since 2010. The Blues are 1-9 (but 6-4 against the line) on Friday night’s since the start of 2013. Their last 10 match-ups have all totalled above 183-points including six above 200-points. Richmond was 3-6 (4-5 against the line) in games Ivan Maric missed in 2014.
The Tigers will have to win this without one of their barometres – big Ivan Maric – and that is a tough ask. Shaun Hampson, in his first game of the year, will have to do a job against his old side whilst expect a mini-forward line reshuffle without Griffiths. Though those two will be a big loss (which will be negated somewhat if it is wet), the Tigers have more than enough talent to get over the line against their arch-nemesis. Rance, Chaplin and Grimes have led a stingy back-line in the past six weeks and whilst both Vickery and Riewoldt have good recent history against the Blues. Carlton has played spirited footy under John Barker and should put up a fight but ultimately Richmond will prevail.
B Dylan Grimes, Jake Batchelor, Troy Chaplin
HB Nick Vlastuin, Alex Rance, Bachar Houli
C Brandon Ellis, Brett Deledio, Kamdyn McIntosh
HF Chris Newman, Ty Vickery, Dustin Martin
F Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Trent Cotchin
FOLL Shaun Hampson, Kane Lambert, Shaun Grigg
I/C Nathan Gordon, Anthony Miles, Taylor Hunt, Steven Morris
EMG Matt Thomas, Liam McBean, Matt McDonough
IN Shaun Hampson, Steven Morris
OUT Ivan Maric (suspension), Ben Griffiths (shoulder)
B Dylan Buckley, Michael Jamison, Simon White
HB Zach Tuohy, Chris Yarran, Tom Fields
C Kade Simpson, Andrew Carrazzo, Bryce Gibbs
HF Tom Bell, Lachie Henderson, Dennis Armfield
F Andrejs Everitt, Levi Casboult, Troy Menzel
FOLL Matthew Kreuzer, Marc Murphy, Patrick Cripps
I/C Ed Curnow, Nick Holman, Jason Tutt, Cameron Wood
EMG Blaine Boekhorst, Sam Rowe, Mark Whiley
IN Tom Fields, Andrew Carrazzo, Bryce Gibbs, Troy Menzel
OUT Mark Whiley, Nick Graham (foot), Blaine Johnson, Blaine Boekhorst
NEW Tom Fields