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Aussie Rules: Melbourne out to stop the rot

Melbourne and Carlton are both in need of a victory, so we could be set for a thriller when the rivals clash at the MCG on Friday night.

Gaps are starting to appear at the top of the ladder and Melbourne suddenly find themselves in fourth spot, 12 points behind leaders Collingwood.

Carlton are much further down the ladder in 13th, and look destined to miss out on the top eight again unless they can turn things around quickly.

A win over the Demons on Friday night would be a good place to start, but the home side will still be smarting after losing to Fremantle last week so should come out all guns blazing.

It looks set to be another exciting weekend of AFL action and there is no better place to start than under the lights at the MCG on Friday night.

WhatMelbourne v Carlton
WhereMCG, Melbourne
When19:50 (AEST), Friday 2nd June 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsMelbourne 1.33, Carlton 3.35

Demons need a response

Melbourne were looking like genuine premiership contenders a couple of weeks ago, but back-to-back defeats have cast doubts over their credentials.

The four-point defeat away at Port Adelaide was nothing to panic about, however the home loss to Fremantle at the weekend will have set one or two alarm bells ringing.

The Dockers are a team that are on the up, but still the seven-point loss on home soil, is not acceptable by Melbourne’s high standards.

In fairness it is the only game they have lost at home this season and they now have the opportunity to bounce back with the next two games also at the MCG.

That is why four points against Carlton is an absolute must as ladder-leaders Collingwood are the opposition in the game after it.

Melbourne have won two of the last three games against Carlton, including another closely-fought battle at the MCG last season.

The Demons won by five points on that occasion and are priced at 6.00 to win by 1-12 in Friday night’s encounter.

The previous game was also close, but this time it was Carlton that came out on top, winning by five points, so we could be in for another close one.

Carlton on the slide

Carlton are having another season to forget, and unless there is a big turnaround they will miss out on finals once again.

The Blues have lost the last four games on the bounce and have won just four so far this season, to sit 13th on the ladder and six points away from finals.

Three of the last four defeats have been against some top sides, Collingwood, Brisbane and Western Bulldogs and the lowest losing margin was 20 points.

The biggest concern will have been the 26-point loss against a struggling Sydney Swans last week and the members are starting to panic.

The only win in the last five games came against a West Coast side that have won just one game all season and are fixed at the bottom of the ladder.

Charlie Curnow has been a rare bright point for Carlton this season, booting 37 goals at an average of 3.4 a game, and they will need him on Friday night.

The key forward is priced at 7.00 to boot the first goal on Friday night.

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