7:50 PM (AEST) Friday, April 21 at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
A somewhat lopsided battle is set to kick off Round 5 of the AFL on Friday night when Port Adelaide play hosts to lowly Carlton at the Adelaide Oval.
Port Adelaide: Darcy Byrne-Jones, Tom Clurey, Dan Houston; Jasper Pittard, Tom Jonas, Hamish Hartlett; Brad Ebert, Ollie Wines, Jared Polec; Karl Amon, Justin Westhoff, Chad Wingard; Sam Gray, Charlie Dixon, Aaron Young; Jackson Trengove, Travis Boak, Robbie Gray.
Carlton: Simon White, Sam Rowe, Lachie Plowman; Sam Docherty, Caleb Marchbank, Tom Williamson; Ed Curnow, Patrick Cripps, Kade Simpson; Dale Thomas, Jacob Weitering, Zac Fisher; Matthew Wright, Matthew Kreuzer, Sam Petrevski-Seton; Levi Casboult, Bryce Gibbs, Marc Murphy.
29 games have been played between these two sides with honours very closely split. Port have 15 wins to the Blues 13 while there has also been a drawn game. Carlton have been the surprising winner in the last two clashes, both of which have been decided by less than a goal. In 2015 Carlton won by 4 points and in their last clash in Round 8 last year, the Blues got up by 2 points.
Port Adelaide opened the season with a commanding win over Grand Finalists and the highly fancied Sydney by a comfortable 28 point margin. In Round 2 the Power then annihilated Fremantle with a 145-56 victory. They then lost a heated local derby against Adelaide by 17 before the Giants handed the Power their second loss in as many weeks in their last game.
Carlton are a side that isn’t expected to do much this year as they continue their rebuild. This was evident in their opening match where the Tigers hammered them by 43. The Blues showed some defensive improvement in Round 2 against the Dees, but still lost by 22 points. In Round 3 they pulled off a surprising 15 point victory of the previously undefeated Essendon, before dropping their last game against the Suns by 26 points.
Defence – Carlton’s defence has been very impressive this year, matching with the top sides. However their attack is woeful. Port’s defence has performance similarly to Carlton’s but their opening two wins has ensured that their attack is vastly better. Their last two games though their defence has let them down.
The last two clashes were tight wins to Carlton, but it’s hard to see Port losing this.
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