Hawthorn Hawks vs. Carlton Blues
MATCH UP STATS
Hawthorn Hawks vs. Carlton Blues
2018 premiership odds:Hawthorn Hawks: $26 @ CrownBet.com.auCarlton Blues: $101 @ CrownBet.com.au
2017 finish:Hawthorn Hawks: 12thCarlton Blues: 16th
Form guide:Hawthorn Hawks: JLT 1: Defeated by Western Bulldogs, 100-78Carlton Blues: JLT 1: Defeated StKilda Saints, 89-67
By Nathan Marotta
Saturday, 10 th March, 2018, 7:05 PM AEST, University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston, Watch on
JLT round two will have full length matches for this week’s games, meaning Hawks and Blues fans will get to see how well their younger players run out a standard AFL match.
After a period of dominance earlier in the decade, the Hawks are going through a slight rebuild and reshuffle of their list. The inclusions over the last few years have been hit and miss. Costly Gold Coast recruit Jaeger O’Meara has had nothing but trouble with his body, but is starting to show signs of repaying the faith his new club has in him.
Tom Mitchell, another expensive recruit, has been a golden pickup for the brown and gold since travelling from the Swans. A Brownlow fancy at +1400 with Ladbrokes.com.au, Mitchell picked up where he left off last season, starring in the club’s first pre-season hit-out last week with 30 touches and a goal.
Mitchell and O’Meara will be the catalyst to any Hawks re-emergence into the competition’s best teams this year, so keep an eye on both.
Is it finally time for Carlton to climb off the bottom half of the ladder? While Brendon Bolton’s men have shown signs of improvement, Blues fans will get impatient this season if there isn’t significant improvements to their style and goal-scoring prowess.
Young Blue midfielder Patrick Cripps is the size of an old school centre half forward, so the Blues experimented with him forward last week and he jagged a couple – adding a new string to his bow. Blues fans should be very excited about the times to come as the club has had a complete turn-around in culture and playing style.
With plenty of markets to choose from, here’s some tips for the upcoming match.
Hawthorn Hawks vs Carlton Blues JLT most goals tips
Bruest looked very promising against the Bulldogs, but just couldn’t convert his hard work. After missing three goals last week he will focus primarily in making sure he finishes his opportunities properly.
If there’s one thing Breust has proven over a successful career, it’s that you can’t keep him down for long. Carlton’s young backline will find it difficult to stop such a powerful goal kicker if he gets a sniff.
Harry McKay $6.00 @ Sportsbet
A former pick 10 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, McKay has the body and ability to kick goals. The young key position player showed last week he knows how to kick a contested mark and convert the goal and could be value here.
Last week the Blues were reluctant to bomb the ball long to him, but against the Hawks defence there will be minimal opportunities for the Blues to breeze inside 50, meaning they will have to kick long to the contest where Harry will make his mark.
Hawthorn Hawks vs Carlton Blues JLT Super Margin Tips
Hawthorn has bolstered its backline with some key inclusions in its final pre-season hit-out. In its first season without former captain Luke Hodge since 2002, the Hawks will look to refine it’s defence and put in a solid display here. Carlton already has problems kicking a winning score and we expect Hawthorn to pounce on that and win by 4-5 goals in a competitive match.
10-19 $10.00 @ Sportsbet
As they did last week, the Blues will fancy themselves at causing an upset. Once again they should apply constant pressure and score off the counter attack. It would be far from a surprise is the Navy Blues were to win this game given their quality in the Midfield and youthful enthusiasm.
Hawthorn Hawks vs. Carton Blues Match Predictions
Match Result: Hawthorn to win @ $1.40 with Sportsbet
Line Betting: Carlton +15.5 @ -111.11 with Sportsbet
In what will end up being another close preseason match, we believe the Hawks will get the win against the Blues, but it won’t be easy. Carlton will not go down without fully applying themselves to the contest. The power of youth is mesmerising, especially early in the year with nothing to lose.
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