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Port Adelaide v Carlton Tips and Predictions - Power to have too many answers for the Blues

Adam Cusworth 19 Apr 2017
  • Carlton have won their last two games against Port
  • Power need big games from Robbie Gray and Chad Wingard
  • Blues have battled to kick a winning score in 2017

Port Adelaide and Carlton feature in the first match of AFL Round 5 when they square off at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night, April 21. 

After some promising early season form it is the Power that head in as strong favourites, but it won't be easy against the Blues, who can surprise on their day. 

First bounce is at 7.50PM AEST or 7.20PM ACST and the action will be broadcast on Channel 7 and Fox Footy. AFL Live Vision is also available to ALL CrownBet members. Every Match, wherever you are.

Match Preview


Port Adelaide won their first two games of the season before running into a rampant Adelaide outfit in Round 3 and GWS in Round 4. They stuck with the Giants for three quarters before eventually being rolled by 31 points. 

Carlton sit with a win-loss record of 1-3. Their victory came against Essendon in wet conditions at the MCG in Round 3, while last weekend they were knocked over by Gold Coast to the tune of 26 points at Etihad Stadium. 

Were it not for a poor third term, the Blues may have finished a lot closer last weekend. Their coach, Brendan Bolton, will be urging his troops not to keep the foot on the pedal on Friday, while he will also need his side to capitalise on their opportunities, something they didn't do against the Suns. 

However, the task at hand may be hard for Bolton and his players, given the form that the Power is in. Port have been close in their last two hitouts against the top two premiership fancies and at their last encounter at the Adelaide Oval against an interstate side, they destroyed Fremantle by 89 points. 

Look for the likes of Ollie Wines, Travis Boak and Robbie Gray to have big games. That trio were relatively quiet against the Giants, particularly late in the game and should appreciate lining up against a Carlton outfit that doesn't quite bat as deep as the Giants midfield group. 

Key players for the Blues include Marc Murphy, Patrick Cripps and Bryce Gibbs, who should at least break even in the middle. The visitors will also apply a solid defensive press but concerns continue up forward, where they have averaged just 73 points per game this year. 

Team News


Port Adelaide have few injury concerns. Angus Monfries may return for his long awaited comeback, while young gun, Sam Powell-Pepper, could be rested after a couple of below average games. Paddy Ryder will return from suspension for the Power. 

Carlton may consider Sam Kerridge after the former Crows utility played a blinder for the Northern Bullants last weekend, while Kristian Jaksch and Harry McKay will also be considered. 

Stats


Carlton have won their past two against Port Adelaide. Both of those wins have been by under a kick, however, both were played in Melbourne. 

The last time they clashed at the Adelaide Oval was in Round 22 of 2014 and on that occasion it was the home side by 104 points. 

Prediction and Tips


Carlton are showing plenty of promise but an upset appears unlikely. Their lack of firepower continues to be a concern and they have won just one of their last 16 interstate games. 

Port Adelaide by 29 points. 


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