Carlton Blues vs West Coast Eagles

AFL: 4.35 PM AEST

April 21, 2018

HOME TEAM

Carlton is in a world of pain right now as their long rebuild took another massive hit last weekend with their captain – Marc Murphy – going down. Add to this fact that Kreuzer is now also unavailable and a season long injury to Docherty – It all means they are a very inexperienced outfit. But hang in their Blues supporters, there is much to like about the young brigade of Cripps, Petrevski-Seaton, Dow and the Curnow Brothers. It is just going to be a bit painful until they develop further.

AWAY TEAM

The Eagles have seriously welcomed back Nic Nat this year who I believe is the most influential player in the league. But it aint just his dread locks that stand out, it’s his elite running and presence that lifts the Eagles in every way. Add to this that McGovern is now back and firing, the Eagles are performing much better than what most predicted for them this season.

ANALYSIS

The Eagles have got to break the Melbourne losing curse and they have no better chance this weekend against a young Carlton team to do so. They quite simply need to start winning away from home. Carlton has not beaten West Coast for 3 years and has lost the last 14 out of 15 games. The Eagles Rank #1 for Hitouts per game [Thanks Nic Nat] and also Rank 2nd for Effective Disposal Efficiency at a whopping 75.4%.

THE ODDS

Carlton $5.10 vs West Coast $1.18
Over/Under 178.5 $1.90
Line Betting +/- 32.5 @ $1.92

OUR VERDICT

As much as we want Carlton to be competitive they are hampered by too many injuries right now. The Eagles, on the other hand, have a point to prove and Josh Kennedy will be the man who will take this matter into his own hands. Missing the first 3 Rounds of the Season he will be on a mission to get back in the race for the Coleman so watch out for a big goal score from the great JK on Saturday.

Final Score Prediction: West Coast Eagles by 44

Our Free Betting Pick: West Coast Eagles -32.5

BONUS BET: Josh Kennedy to kick 5 or more goals ($2.30)

James Corbin

James Corbin has been a lifelong AFL football enthusiast and loves dissecting and analyzing the game. A seasoned capper, James looks at key stats and matchups to make predictions and enjoys adding a touch of humour to his analyses, which always make for an exciting pre-game read.