GWS Giants v Carlton Tips, Predictions and Match Preview- Can the Blues cause an upset in Sunday footy?

Adam Cusworth 15 May 2019
  • GWS host Carlton at GIANTS Stadium on Sunday. 
  • Here is our preview of the final game of Round 9

The final game of AFL Round 9 sees the GWS Giants take on Carlton at GIANTS Stadium in Sydney. 

First bounce is at 4.40PM on Sunday May 19 and all the action can be seen on Fox Footy. 

Match Preview

GWS are set to head in as strong favourites for this match and have won five of their eight games so far in 2018, which compares favourably to Carlton's record of one win from their eight. 

However, the Giants were poor last weekend in registering just five goals in their 33 point loss to Hawthorn. The Hawks denied the expansion club the time and space that they crave and it will be interesting to see if Carlton employ similar tactics this weekend. 

The Blues come off another promising, albeit losing display, this time against their traditional rivals, Collingwood. Brendan Bolton's side led late in the game, only to concede a number of goals before going down by 19. 

Once again it was Patrick Cripps that starred and the Blues captain will need plenty of support in the middle of the ground from the likes of Marc Murphy and Ed Curnow. That trio take on a Giants midfield that boasts some quality players including Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio and Tim Taranto

The Giants average more disposals in comparison to Carlton but the Blues have won slightly more contested possessions and clearances. They will just need to use the ball well and convert better once inside their forward 50 in order to pull off an upset. 

Selection News

GWS will monitor the fitness of Jeremy Cameron after the star forward hurt his shoulder in the loss against Hawthorn. Lachie Whitfield is set to return from injury. 

Carlton are a chance to regain Kade Simpson and Nic Newman from their respective injuries, while Liam Jones should be ok to play after suffering a concussion in the loss to Collingwood. 

Match Odds

GWS Giants $1.12 
Carlton $6

*correct at the time of writing

GWS have won five of the past six between the two sides and the last time the two sides met it was a 105 point win for the Giants at Marvel Stadium in Round 20 last year. Josh Kelly and Stephen Coniglio ran rampant by combining for 77 disposals, while Jeremy Cameron booted four goals. Patrick Cripps was Carlton's best. 

The Blues won by a solitary point against the Giants in Round 12 of 2017 at Marvel Stadium but have lost all three encounters at GIANTS Stadium. The Giants have won six of their past seven at the venue. 

Prediction and Tips

Apart from a blowout against North Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, Carlton have been in most games. A win may just be beyond them yet again but they do represent value at the line. 

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