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Aussie Rules: Sydney need some home comforts

Sydney and Carlton both had high hopes going into the 2023 AFL campaign but they sit way down the ladder ahead of Friday night's clash.

The Swans made the grand final in 2022, but suffered a humiliating defeat against Geelong and that result has clearly had a lasting effect on them.

Carlton would give anything to make a grand final. Indeed their long-suffering members would just settle for a place in the top eight and a finals campaign the way things are going.

It is still early days in the season and there is time to turn things around, but it needs to happen for both of these sides sooner rather than later.

That makes Friday night’s clash at the SCG even more important for both of them.

They are locked together on the ladder and we could be in for a tense night under the floodlights at the iconic Sydney venue.

WhatSydney v Carlton
WhereSCG, Sydney
When19:50 (AEST), Friday 26th May 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsSydney 1.95, Carlton 1.87

Swans struggle at the SCG

Sydney still appear to have a hangover from their grand final mauling against Geelong, as they sit in 12th spot on the ladder with just four wins from their opening 10 games.

They have won just once in the last five, but at least that came at the weekend and coach John Longmire will be hoping it gives his players the spark they need.

The Swans were far from convincing away from home, beating lowly North Melbourne by just three points, but a win is a win and they will take it.

Now they have to back it up by turning over Carlton at the SCG. However home has not been a happy place this season.

The Swans have won just once at the SCG this season and that was in round two against Hawthorn.

Since then they have lost close encounters to Port Adelaide by two points and Greater Western Sydney by one point. Fremantle then beat them by 17 points in round eight.

If Sydney are to come out on top then it is likely to be a close call and they can be backed 6.00 to win by 1-12 points.

Tom Papley leads the way with 19 goals so far this season, but it was Lance Franklin who starred against North Melbourne when scoring a hat-trick of goals.

Franklin can be backed at 1.22 to score anytime, Papley is 1.09.

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Carlton struggling to click

Carlton are not doing much better. They have also won just the four games this season, but are two points better off thanks to the draw they picked up against Richmond in round one.

The Blues look to have a strong list with plenty of talent, but for one reason or another it is not clicking into place and they face another battle to make the eight.

They have lost the last three games on the bounce, all at home, and they may be glad to get out of Melbourne this weekend.

Two of the defeats were at Marvel against Brisbane and Western Bulldogs, the other at the MCG against Collingwood at the weekend.

However, their record away from home has been solid, winning three games. They have already won in Sydney, beating GWS, while their last victory was in Perth against West Coast.

There are plenty of other positives for Michael Voss’ men.

In Charlie Curnow, Carlton have the leading goalscorer in the AFL with 36. The key forward can be backed at 6.00 to score the first on Friday night.

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