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Where: Etihad Stadium
When: Friday July 18, 10.40am (BST)
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North Melbourne finally showed some signs of consistency last week, thrashing St. Kilda a week after defeating the highly-fancied Hawthorn by 20 points.
If they can replicate their form of the past two weeks and beat Carlton, Brad Scott’s side will become a serious top four contender.
After a strong first half performance against the all-conquering Sydney Swans last week, the Blues faded away in the second half and were on the end of a 71-point flogging.
If however they can build on their strong opening half and turn it into a four-quarter performance, Mick Malthouse’s side are more than capable of springing an upset win at Etihad Stadium.
Carlton have the wood over North Melbourne in recent times, with the Blues winning three of their past five encounters.
They face an uphill battle on Friday however against an in-form North Melbourne outfit pushing for a top four spot.
North Melbourne should do it, but I suspect it’ll be a tight one.
1. North Melbourne has won eight of its past 11 games against Carlton.
2. Kangaroo key forward Drew Petrie kicked only seven goals in eight games in the first nine rounds but has booted 21 goals in his past eight matches.
3. The Kangaroos are second for disposal efficiency this season at 73.7 per cent. The Blues are 11th at 71.7 per cent.
4. Carlton’s Mick Malthouse is undefeated in four head-to-head coaching battles with North Melbourne’s Brad Scott, a former assistant to him at Collingwood.
5. North Melbourne is one of only four teams this season to score more behinds than goals, having a scoring accuracy of 47 per cent.
6. After making a late start because of surgery on a troublesome achilles and then straining a hamstring in his comeback game, champion Carlton midfielder Chris Judd has struggled to make a significant impact this season. He started the year at No. 21 in the Official AFL Player Ratings but has dropped to No. 137.