Details: Marvel Stadium, Friday 31 July, 7.50pm (AEST)
Broadcast: 7Mate, FOX Footy, AFL app, Kayo
The game in focus:
It’s a week where Carlton will need to respond.
After a disappointing loss against North Melbourne, Carlton will return to the Friday night stage for a clash with St Kilda under the Marvel Stadium roof.
With a lapse in concentration proving costly in the second half last weekend, it will need to be a four-quarter effort from the Blues if they are to emerge from the Round 20 clash with the four points.
The Blues have rung the changes at the selection table, with the long-awaited return of Charlie Curnow alongside 2021 Coleman Medal leader Harry McKay in attack.
Max King is looming as the focal point and the key area to address for Carlton's backline, fresh off a six-goal performance which also yielded eight contested marks against West Coast.
With King finding his groove, Jacob Weitering and Liam Jones will have to be on their game in the big half, with the reigning John Nicholls Medallist likely to get first crack at the young Saints tall.
The Blues will have to limit the supply to King, while also adding some polish when heading inside 50 on their own accord with the return of their marking talls.
Get excited about:
You already know.
Charlie Curnow will play his first game in over two years, having ticked off key milestones in his recovery, including weeks of full training and successive reserves scratch matches.
There are bound to be some pre-match nerves and rust for the big man, but it'll be a welcome sight having the No.30 of Carlton grace AFL fields once again.
While it'll be a weird circumstance in front of an empty stadium, the Blues will need to relish the occasion of returning to Friday night football.
Carlton haven’t played a Friday night game since Round 13 last year, so Bluebaggers can enjoy the game from the comfort of their home on free-to-air television on 7Mate, then switch back to watch the Aussies in the Olympics on Channel 7.