2020 AFL – Carlton vs Melbourne Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Carlton vs Melbourne taking place? Saturday 13th June, 2020 – 07:35 (UK)

Where is Carlton vs Melbourne taking place? Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

What television channel is Carlton vs Melbourne on? In the UK, five matches each week will be televised on BT Sport and you can see their schedule here. For the TV channel in Australia, visit this link

Where can I stream Carlton vs Melbourne? If the match is televised in the UK, then BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream it live via BT Sport Player. Additionally, those with a Watch AFL subscription can stream any 2020 AFL match live (outside of Australia). Those in Australia can stream any match live via AFL Live Pass

Where can I get tickets for Carlton vs Melbourne? Click here for ticket information on 2020 AFL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CARLTON

  • Carlton ended last season with a heavy loss and they started this campaign in a similar way as they conceded over 100 points again in their derby with reigning premiers Richmond.
  • The Blues were well behind at the break as they trailed by a deficit of 46 points but to their credit, they did put up a better fight in the second half despite it resulting in nothing as they went down 105-81.
  • They come into this contest with some injury issues and will be without Jack Silvvagni after he picked up an illness late in the week but Eddie Betts will appear for the first time since re-joining the Blues in the off-season.

MELBOURNE

  • Melbourne were unable to put their losing streak to bed at the start of 2020 as they lost for the eighth consecutive game thanks to a defeat against West Coast Eagles and they have responded to that by shaking their side up for this.
  • The Demons have had plenty of time to dwell on their poor run and will hope that wielding the axe has the desired effect with seven players dropped from the team that faced the Eagles.
  • Charlie Spargo and Kysaiah Pickett are suspended for breaching COVID-19 protocols while Jay Lockhart, Michael Hibberd, Mitch Brown, Oscar McDonald and Toby Bedford are all omitted which clears the way for Luke Jackson and Trent Rivers to debut.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne have made it clear to their underperforming squad that they must improve after dropping five players for this contest with Carlton. They have made seven changes in total from the side that lost their opening game of the season against West Coast Eagles which extended their losing streak to eight matches. The Blues will be buoyed by the way they responded in their opening game with Richmond and should be able to benefit from a +7.5 start here.

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