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Inside the opposition: Eagles

Opposition Report | Round 20 Ash Aidone takes you through a closer look at this week's opposition, brought to you by VRGF.

CARLTON is on a roll, but can they make it four wins in a row?

The Blues get their opportunity to take on the ultimate test when they host the reigning premiers at Marvel Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Here is everything you need to know about Carlton’s upcoming opponent.

OVERVIEW:

Ladder position: Second

Won: 13

Lost: Five

Form: WWLWW

Average points for: 87

Average points against: 68

Despite the ladder position, the Blues have produced strong form over the last month to fancy themselves as a chance against last year’s premiers.

Fresh off their most complete performance of the season against the Crows, the Blues will be hoping their new-found confidence translates into a big upset when they host the Eagles.

West Coast is continuing its 2019 campaign in much the same form as its premiership year, with the last two victories over Melbourne and North Melbourne a reminder of the calibre of opponent.

It’s the Eagles with the upper hand over the short, tight history between these two sides, winning just two more games than the Blues over 44 outings.

Carlton have matched West Coast when it comes to clearances since Round 12, with its the young midfield led by Patrick Cripps coming into form as the season draws to a close.

It’s Carlton who have the ascendancy when it comes to the uncontested possession stakes, averaging 10 more a game than West Coast over the last eight rounds.

However, Carlton will have to deal with the attacking firepower of West Coast. Over the last two months, the Eagles have been ranked No.1 in the AFL for points scored.

It will be an enthralling battle at the centre bounce between two in-form midfielders, with West Coast star Elliot Yeo likely to get the job on Carlton skipper Patrick Cripps.