Details: SCG, Sunday 6 June, 3.20pm (AEST)
Broadcast: Channel 7 from 3pm, Fox Footy, AFL app, Kayo
THE GAME IN FOCUS:
As the Blues play their second game in a row at the SCG, consistency across four quarters will be a key focus for the 'hosts' given it has eluded them in recent weeks.
The league will be celebrating Sir Doug Nicholls Round for the second consecutive week, meaning Carlton will once again run out in their Indigenous guernsey on a day where Eddie Betts moves to third all-time for games played by an Indigenous player.
Both West Coast and Carlton will be desperate for a win this week, with both sides looking to recover from disappointing losses in Round 12.
The game will be played on neutral territory, meaning both sides have the chance to get a leg up on the Sydney ground: a venue where West Coast haven’t won in since 1999.
LAST TIME WE MET:
Carlton was the better side early in the piece in Round 11, but a strong finishing West Coast took home the four points.
Tom De Koning showed Bluebaggers what he could do against star Nic Naitanui while Will Setterfield’s work through the middle was impressive
The Blues will be hoping for a case of deja vu from the star of the show that afternoon, where Zac Fisher returned after an extended stint on the sidelines to kick four highlight-worthy goals (and his first Brownlow vote).
The Blues will have to deprive the Eagles of the ball given their standout disposal efficiency: they rank third in the league in that particular statistic.
Carlton will have to ensure it can break up West Coast’s ball movement, as well as making the most of their own opportunities going forward.
For Carlton to get the game on its terms, getting the ball straight from the centre bounce will be a must, with Sam Walsh, Patrick Cripps and Ed Curnow needing to put their best foot forward in the clearances against a West Coast team still containing some midfield star power.
Own a piece of history, Bluebaggers.— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) June 6, 2021
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GET EXCITED ABOUT:
The return of the excitement machine Zac Fisher will bring a smile to Bluebagger’s faces.
Having been sidelined with an ankle injury, Fisher has been a notable missing link for the Blues throughout his injury, and he'll be looking to bring his weapons - his pace and class with ball in hand - to the table this afternoon.
As Harry McKay leads the race for the Coleman Medal, he'll have his work cut out for him in the air, with Tom Barrass looking to quell his every move.
In Sir Doug Nicholls Round, Carlton will honour the past, present and future contribution that Indigenous people have made to the game.
Fielding four Indigenous players of their own from all walks of life, the Blues will participate in a smoking ceremony prior to the match.