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Where: Patersons Stadium
When: Thursday July 31, 11.10am (BST)
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With the split round now behind us, AFL returns to normality in Round 19 on Thursday when Fremantle take on Carlton in Perth.
The Dockers will be out to prove a point at home after their shock 58-point loss to lowly St. Kilda last round, and its boisterous home support will be looking to get Ross Lyon’s side over the line and back into top two contention.
Lyon will welcome back four big names into the side this week, with Hayden Ballantyne, Aaron Sandilands, Steven Hill and Luke McPharlin all returning from either injury or suspension.
Carlton on the other hand travel to Perth in full knowledge of the difficulties they face at Patersons Stadium
Mick Malthouse’s men are coming off the back of a confidence-boosting win over North Melbourne, though they’ll be without the always-improving Andrejs Everitt (knee), while young-guns Troy Menzel and Dylan Buckley have also missed the trip over the Nullarbor.
The Blues have shown signs of improvement over the last month, but this a win over the hungry Dockers at Patersons may be a step too far.
Fremantle should win it comfortably.
1. The Dockers are ranked fourth for contested possessions in 2014, averaging 145.3 per game. Conversely, the Blues have struggled, ranked 13th averaging 134.8.
2. This will be the 16th contest between Fremantle and Carlton at Patersons Stadium. The Dockers have won nine games to six but the Blues have won the past two and three of the last four.
3. Only one team in 2014 (Brisbane Lions) has had less total disposals than Carlton. The Blues are ranked 17th, averaging 345.5 per game. Fremantle is eighth with 368.1 per game.
4. Mick Malthouse leads the head-to-head coaching record against Ross Lyon winning eight games to four overall. There has been one famous draw, the 2010 Grand Final between Collingwood and St Kilda.
5. Patersons Stadium continues to be a fortress for Fremantle. The Dockers have eight wins from nine games in 2014, kicking an average score of 94 points compared to 56 from their opponents.
6. Matthew Pavlich has played 207 more games than Lachie Henderson, kicked 530 more goals, polled 116 more Brownlow votes, gained six more All Australians, won six more best and fairests, and has kicked seven more goals in 2014. Yet Henderson (119) is rated two places higher than Pavlich (121) in Official AFL Player Ratings.(AFL.com.au)