Melbourne vs Carlton Round 9 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Melbourne vs Carlton Tips

The Demons look to maintain their undefeated start to the season, when they battle it out against the Blues at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne vs Carlton Tips, Preview & Predictions

Melbourne Demons vs Carlton Blues free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Three of the previous five meetings have been decided by 10 points or less.

Melbourne vs Carlton Tips

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Melbourne vs Carlton Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Sunday May 16
Time: 3:20pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: MCG

Melbourne vs Carlton 2021 Form (last five matches)

Demons (WWWWW)

  • RD 4: Melbourne 85-60 Geelong
  • RD 5: Hawthorn 54-104 Melbourne
  • RD 6: Melbourne 82-48 Richmond
  • RD 7: North Melbourne 73-103 Melbourne
  • RD 8: Melbourne 67-58 Sydney

Blues (WLLWL)

  • RD 4: Gold Coast 59-70 Carlton
  • RD 5: Carlton 68-96 Port Adelaide
  • RD 6: Carlton 85-103 Brisbane
  • RD 7: Essendon 107-123 Carlton
  • RD 8: Western Bulldogs 107-91 Carlton

Melbourne vs Carlton Head to Head (last five matches)

  • R2  2020: Blues 53-54 Demons
  • R16 2019: Blues 100-105 Demons
  • R9 2018: Blues 50-159 Demons
  • R16 2017: Blues 82-90 Demons
  • R2 2017: Demons 86-64 Blues

Melbourne vs Carlton Preview

The Demons continued their perfect start to the season with a nine-point triumph over the Swans.

Melbourne have defeated expectations already in this campaign, winning their eighth match this season and 10 matches on the trot. The tall timber of Tom McDonald and the new signing Ben Brown ensured their narrow victory over the Swans last week with seven goals between them.

Simon Goodwin’s side is the best forward half pressure team in the competition, creating the majority of their scores from turnovers. You can expect the Blues to slow the game down with short kicks in the defensive half.

Meanwhile, the Blues fell to a three-goal defeat after being in a promising position to win the match against the 2nd placed Bulldogs.

Carlton found themselves in a good position late in the third term against the Dogs, leading by as much as five goals. The lack of midfield support in crucial stages of the match saw them crumble to constant Bulldogs entries.

Similarly, to the Bulldogs, the Demons possess dangerous midfield qualities, with the likes of Clayton Oliver, Christian Petracca and Max Gawn. If the Blues are to get anything out of this match, they will need to compete heavily in the midfield.

The match-up of the match sees Steven May line-up against Coleman medal leader Harry McKay, who has kicked 30 goals so far this season and 14 in his last three matches.

The Demons have been the team to beat this season, and I believe they’ll make it 9-0 on Sunday, but you can expect it to be a close encounter.

Demons vs Blues Team News

Melbourne have been playing exceptionally well to get into the position they’re in, and I expect them to be unchanged this week.

The Blues will most likely make minimal changes, but a concussion for Jack Silvagni means he’ll miss the clash on Sunday. Marc Murphy will likely come into the side.

The two sides last met in Round 2 last season which saw the Demons win by one point.

Demons vs Blues Stats

  • Three of the previous five meetings have been decided by 10 points or less
  • Melbourne have won their last 10 matches
  • Ed Curnow has had 25+ disposals in his last three matches
  • Christian Salem has had 25+ disposals in his last four matches
  • Alex Neal-Bullen has kicked at least one goal in his last four matches against the Blues

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