AFL Live Carlton Blues vs Adelaide Crows Stream AFL 2017 Regular Seasons Round 15 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 01 July 2017 online, 14:10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
After stunning the AFL world by winning six from seven games mid season, the Blues have faced the inevitable slump in form that does tend to hit developing sides from time to time.
Brendan Bolton’s side have dropped their past three and come off an ordinary performance against Collingwood, where they could manage only six goals for the game on the way to a 12 point defeat.
The Blues come up against an Adelaide outfit that are in red hot form, having won their past six. The Crows were 22 point winners in an entertaining affair against Melbourne at this venue last weekend and head in as favourites to make it seven on the trot.
On paper, the visitors look to have way to many guns for the Blues. Don Pyke’s side has three players in the top seven for goals scored this year.
Josh Jenkins, Taylor Walker and the former Blue, Eddie Betts, have combined for 112 goals in season 2016 and that trio were all instrumental in the win against the Demons last weekend.
Carlton fans can take some optimism from the fact that they have done very well defensively this year and may be able to contain that trio to some degree.
However, the Blues woes lie at the other end of the ground, where they have averaged just 73 points per game.
Their leading goal kicker for the year is Andrejs Everitt, who has snagged just 15 goals, ahead of midfielder Bryce Gibbs on 14. Everitt is way down in 56th position on the league goal kicking table but to be fair to the Blues forwards, the delivery has been quite poor, especially in recent weeks.
Carlton lose Ciaran Byrne to a season ending knee injury and Blaine Boekhurst and Nick Graham are among the possible replacements.
Adelaide are unlikely to make too many changes. Paul Seedsman is a possible chance of coming back into the side.
The past three games between the two sides have all been held at the MCG and the Blues have won two of those.
The most recent encounter between the two was in Round 10 last year and it was the Crows by nine points. Josh Jenkins starred with five goals, while Levi Casboult booted three for the Blues.
B: L.Plowman, L.Jones, S.White
HB: K.Simpson, J.Weitering, S.Docherty
C: C.Marchbank, P.Cripps, D.Thomas
HF: N.Graham, L.Casboult, M.Wright
F: D.Cuningham, C.Curnow, J.Silvagni
FOLL: M.Kreuzer, B.Gibbs, M.Murphy
I/C: Z.Fisher, S.Kerridge, C.Sheehan, L.Sumner
EMG: C.Byrne, H.McKay, C.Polson
IN: S.White, S.Kerridge, L.Sumner, D.Cuningham, C.Sheehan, Z.Fisher
OUT: E.Curnow (Larynx), B.Smedts (Omitted), J.Lamb (Concussion), B.Boekhorst (Omitted), J.Pickett (Omitted), S.Petrevski-Seton (Managed)
B: R.Laird, K.Hartigan, D.Talia
HB: L.Brown, J.Lever, J.Kelly
C: R.Atkins, R.Douglas, B.Smith
HF: R.Sloane, J.Jenkins, W.Milera
F: M.McGovern, T.Walker, E.Betts
FOLL: S.Jacobs, B.Crouch, M.Crouch
I/C: J.Beech, R.Knight, D.Mackay, H.Greenwood
EMG: S.Thompson, P.Seedsman, A.Otten
IN: D.Mackay, R.Knight, M.McGovern
OUT: A.Otten (Omitted), T.Lynch (Illness), C.Cameron (Wrist)