Details: GIANTS Stadium, Saturday 19 June, 7.25pm (AEST)
Broadcast: Channel 7 from 3pm, Fox Footy, AFL app, Kayo
THE GAME IN FOCUS:
Back in action after the bye, Carlton will be looking to get its second half of the season off on the right note when it comes up against GWS in enemy territory.
Playing their third consecutive game in New South Wales, the Blues will swap the SCG for Giants Stadium, looking for their first win at the venue since the Giants came into the competition a decade ago.
The Blues have named three inclusions on the back of last week's bye, while Harry McKay and Nic Newman have also been named after adhering to the 12-day concussion protocol.
After starring in our last game before sustaining a concussion, Nic Newman will be available for selection this weekend.— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) June 16, 2021
The injury update ahead of Round 14 is now live.
LAST TIME WE MET:
In a low-scoring affair, the Blues couldn’t get the job done over the Giants, who took home a nine-point victory.
It was a wasteful contest at Metricon Stadium in Round 15, with the Blues left to rue their inability to make the most of some territorial dominance in the third quarter.
Sam Walsh starred with 23 disposals and a goal on a night where he produced eight coaches' votes while also polling in the Brownlow Medal, and the impressive Jacob Weitering wasn't far behind him.
On the way to securing his first John Nicholls Medal, Weitering produced an accomplished defensive showing, keeping former Giant Jeremy Cameron scoreless and without a mark for the entire evening.
Both teams have been strong in the contest in 2021, with the Giants ranked fifth - just behind the Blues - for clearances in 2021.
With the likes of Josh Kelly and Tim Taranto on the other side of the centre circle, the Blues need to get their hands dirty at the coalface and get the game on their terms, with the forward territory battle likely to prove crucial.
The Blues are likely to have the edge in the air with the likes of Harry McKay in attack and Jones and Weitering down back, but it'll be at ground level where they'll need to get to work in what is expected to be wet conditions at Giants Stadium on Saturday night.
GET EXCITED ABOUT:
Lachie Fogarty, Matt Kennedy and Luke Parks will return to the fold this weekend.
Fogarty and Kennedy will provide some physical pressure across both the forward line and in the midfield, while Parks will provide some aerial relief in defence alongside Carlton's key defenders.
In difficult conditions, it's likely to fall on the likes of leaders Patrick Cripps, Ed Curnow and Sam Walsh to get the Blues ahead in the midfield battle against the Giants' on-ball brigade.
The Blues will have two players enjoying milestones on Saturday night.
The first is Paddy Dow, who will raise the bat for his 50th game for Carlton after returning to the side prior to the clash with West Coast a fortnight ago.
The other is Eddie Betts, who seems to be breaking new ground each week. This Saturday, Betts will enter the top 20 of all-time games played in VFL/AFL history when he runs out for the 342nd time.