Details: Marvel Stadium, Saturday 24 July, 1.45pm (AEST)
Broadcast: FOX Footy, AFL app, Kayo
The game in focus:
A last-quarter fightback saw the Blues take home the win last weekend against the Pies, giving them some momentum and confidence heading into this week's game.
North Melbourne have been playing some impressive football as of late, and it will be up to Carlton to play a strong four quarters and make the most of their shots in front of goal.
North feels at home at Marvel Stadium, so the Blues will need to play tough and fast-moving footy to rattle the opposition.
While, mathematically, the Blues are still a finals chance - running out the end of the season on a high note will be their top priority.
Last time we met:
It was a narrow win for the Blues when they met the Roos at the Gabba in Round 8 last year.
Although Carlton led at all stages of the game, North Melbourne started mounting a comeback early in the last term, putting them within a kick of the Blues.
The Blues fought for the seven-point win, desperately holding on in the dying stages of the game, with Lachie Plowman eight disposals, six intercept possessions and two intercept marks in the final term.
Without Harry McKay as a target up forward, Carlton relied on some of their midfield group to put the goals on the board, with Matt Kennedy, David Cuningham and Jack Newnes slotting two goals each.
The midfield trio of Marc Murphy, Will Setterfield and Sam Walsh got the job done in the centre, while Ed Curnow laid a game-high ten tackles.
The Blues strength in this clash will be their contested marking, with the Roos sitting last in the league for their marking ability in the contest.
With the likes of Jacob Weitering and Liam Jones around the ground, it’s safe to say the ball will be in good hands if Carlton can continue their strong marking game.
Jack Ziebell will be an issue for the Blues, with his effective kicking and marking in the defensive 50 up there with the best in the competition.
Ziebell’s crafty play will be a challenge for the smaller forwards, but shutting him down early should give the Blues plenty of opportunities to hit the scoreboard.
Get excited about:
Add a little, Cripps.
It was enjoyable watching Matthew Kennedy, Paddy Dow and Sam Walsh strut their stuff in the midfield against the Pies last week, but the midfield is set to get another boost with the return of co-captain Patrick Cripps.
The addition means not only will the Blues have some extra grunt running through the middle of the ground, but also another option in the forward line.
Ed Curnow will play his 200th game for the Blues on Saturday.
A true leader of the Club, a competitor and a character, Blues fans can all agree that Curnow has been a valuable player to the Club since 2011.
It’ll be a special moment for Curnow to play his 200th game for the Club and he’s sure to have plenty more left in him after that.