THE NEW normal will take on a new meaning for Carlton this weekend when it ‘hosts’ the Western Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium this Sunday.
In just their second ever recognised ‘home’ game outside of Victoria, the Blues will be looking to even the win-loss ledger against a white-hot Bulldogs outfit.
Both teams enter the clash in a mid-table shuffle, with the Bulldogs slightly ahead with a 3-2 record: all three of their wins have come in consecutive weeks.
Once again, the Blues will take on a team with a different style of play to their own when they come up against the handball-happy Bulldogs.
Carlton will have a slight advantage in clearances - the Dogs rank 14th for clearance differential - while an interesting battle looms in Carlton’s forward half.
The Blues rank seventh for points scored so far in 2020, while the Bulldogs are ranked third for least points conceded: they haven’t conceded a score over 40 points since Round 2.
At the other end of the ground, Jacob Weitering could have the big task against Josh Bruce, who enters Sunday’s game full of confidence.
After six goals against North Melbourne, Bruce will come up against a player that has conceded just four goals from five games so far in 2020.
Weitering’s fellow No.1 draft pick will be one to watch in the AFL Fantasy stakes.
Priced at $622,000, Sam Walsh will be looking to replicate his previous form against the Dogs: he averaged just shy of 100 points in two games last season.