Carlton v Melbourne Demons Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Melbourne to notch up another victory

Adam Cusworth 15 May 2018
Preview and predictions for the Round 9 clash between the Blues and the Demons

After breaking through for their first win of 2018, Carlton will be out to make it two in a row when they take on the Melbourne Demons at the MCG on Sunday May 20. 

However, the Demons head in as strong favourites for the Round 9 clash, which gets underway at 1.10PM and will be broadcast live on Fox Footy. 

Match Preview

Carlton ended their run of outs by handing Essendon a 13 point defeat in Round 7, notching up their first win for the year and just their second since the middle parts of 2017. 

The Blues are 17th on the ladder, trailing the 6th placed Melbourne outfit that have won five of their eight games this season. The Demons have now won three on the trot and come off a commanding 69 point victory over the hapless Gold Coast Suns at the GABBA in Round 8. 

Clayton Oliver and Nathan Jones have been in great form for the Demons and line up in the middle against Carlton's Patrick Cripps and Ed Curnow. That quartet feature prominently in a number of statistical measures this season. Oliver and Cripps are in the top five for contested possessions. 

As a whole, however, Melbourne should get on top in the middle. They rank 7th for average disposals, while Carlton are 18th. The Demons are the competition's best at winning the contested footy, while Carlton are 14th in this measure. Melbourne are 1st in hitouts and 3rd for clearances. Carlton are 12th and 6th in these. 

Another key factor should be Melbourne's prowess up forward. Simon Goodwin's side rank 3rd for points scored, while Carlton are 17th, averaging just 69 points per game. Jesse Hogan sits 4th on the goal kicking table with 20 goals this season, while defender turned forward, Tom McDonald booted five last weekend. Levi Casboult is the Blues leading contributor in front of goals with 11 majors after eight rounds but will be out of action. 

Match Odds

Carlton $4.20
Melbourne $1.20

*Correct at the time of writing.

Team News

Marc Murphy has missed the last month of football for Carlton and could return. Matthew Kennedy and Jack Silvagni will be considered. Jack Viney is set to return for Melbourne, while Billy Stretch, Jeff Garlett and Tom Bugg are among others with solid form in the VFL. 


Melbourne have taken out the past two clashes between the two sides but if you delve further into the records, the Blues have a good record against Melbourne, winning eight of the past 11. All of those encounters have been held at the MCG.

In Round 2 last year, Melbourne broke away in the last term to win by 22, while in Round 16 it was the Demons by eight. Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca found plenty of the ball for the winners in that game, while Tom McDonald booted four goals. Marc Murphy and Kade Simpson were among Carlton's best. 

Prediction and Tips

Melbourne should chalk up their sixth win of the year and can head in full of confidence after their big win over the Suns last weekend. They had 41 scoring shots in that win and if their radar is on this weekend it could be a bit of a blowout. 


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