The AFL returns on Thursday with a blockbuster between traditional rivals Carlton and Richmond under lights at the MCG.
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While the Tigers go into the match as marginal favourites, the Blues have a better recent record against their old foes.
We take a look at the key battles that will decide the season-opening clash.
Check them out below!
Michael Jamison v Jack Riewoldt
This match-up could potentially make or break the game for both sides.
Jamison will have his hands full trying to stop one of the game’s elite forwards, but if he can shut the Tigers man down he’ll give help give the Blues a massive chance at the MCG.
Cameron Wood v Ivan Maric
On paper, Carlton look in trouble here, but there’s no doubt Wood will be given a hand by Lachie Henderson against an ever-improving Ivan Maric.
Maric has turned his career around since his move from Adelaide and is fastly becoming one of the most feared ruckman in the competition.
If Maric can get on top here, Richmond will be hard to stop.
Chris Yarran v Steve Morris
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has persisted in keeping Morris in the forward line, but his main role is to shut down rebounding-type defenders.
The explosive Yarran is near-impossible to keep quiet when on song, and Morris has a massive job to do here.
Bryce Gibbs, Chris Judd, Marc Murphy v Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin, Brett Deledio
Whichever team’s midfielders can get their hands on the ball and deliver it to the forwards will have a big say in the result of this match.
Both Carlton and Richmond will view their midfield’s as their key area with both sides having classy ball carriers in the middle of the park.
This is a battle you want to keep your eye on.