Details: Optus Stadium, Friday 31 July, 5:40pm (AEST)
Broadcast: Fox Footy, Kayo, AFL App
Live updates: Twitter, Instagram and the Carlton App
The game in focus:
Coming off a tough win over North Melbourne, Carlton will be hoping to put up another physical contest against Hawthorn on Friday afternoon.
In what is an early game in Perth for the Blues, it would be ideal for the side to take a 5-4 win record into their bye round.
Hawthorn has added some spark with the inclusions of Jarman Impey and Luke Breust, with the Hawks also ranking No.1 in the AFL for intercept possessions.
The Blues will be looking to bring clean possession and fast ball movement to give their prolific forward line every opportunity to kick a winning score.
Last time we met:
The Blues started off fast the last time they faced the Hawks, kicking eight of the first 10 goals.
A determined Hawthorn side clawed their way back from a six-goal deficit to secure a five-point win over a struggling Carlton side, which finished with one player on the bench after injuries to Matthew Kreuzer, Nic Newman and Kade Simpson.
To half time, Kreuzer was a powerhouse in the ruck, while Patrick Cripps was again a force around stoppages on the way to a sixth consecutive Brownlow Medal vote performance.
The Blues haven’t had the best luck against Alastair Clarkson and his men, winning just two of 16 games faced against Clarkson’s Hawks team.
Having ended a number of hoodoos so far this season, tipping that record further their way would be another achievement in the most unprecedented of seasons.
Carlton’s backline has stood up under heat this season, ranking No.1 in the AFL for defensive one-on-ones: they’ll be backing themselves in once again on Friday evening.
Get excited about:
It’s the first of three games that the Blues will play in Western Australia, beginning in a rare Friday double-header.
The Blues will have happy memories of the last time they were in WA, with Marc Murphy’s sidestep and banana against Fremantle the highlight of the Blues’ 2019 season.