Carlton Still Chasing First Win

Picture: George Salpigtidis/theaustralian.com.au
Chris Judd is likely to make his first start of the season this weekend. Picture: George Salpigtidis/theaustralian.com.au

Western Bulldogs V Carlton
Etihad Stadium
Sunday April 20, 4.40pm (AEST)

Form:
Bulldogs:
LLWW
Carlton: LLLL

Why watch?
It will be interesting to see how the Blues respond after their nightmare start to the season. Losing the first three was tough, but then going down to Melbourne has really turned the heat up on Carlton. Expect them to come out breathing fire and play like their lives depend on it. The Bulldogs have one of the most exciting teams in the competition and it's always a pleasure watching the likes of Libba, Macrae and Hunter go about their business.


Match notes 
- Chris Judd is likely to play his first game of the season
- Jarrad Waite should return after a week in the reserves
- Carlton have had the least amount of disposals in the competition
- Dale Morris is suspended for the clash
- Brett Goodes is unavailable due to a VFL suspension
- Western Bulldogs haven't won three matches in a row since 2011
- Marcus Bontempelli is firming to make his debut

Say what? 
"There's no point hiding," Carlton CEO Greg Swann told 3AW. "We've served up two pretty poor performances and we need to explain that to the members. "Obviously we're putting ourselves out there to talk about what's gone wrong and how we hope to fix it and go forward."

Key injuries 
Luke Dahlhaus (calf) - test
Jarrad Grant (foot) - 3-4 weeks
Dale Morris (suspended) - Round 6 return
Jordan Roughead (AC Joint) - 7 weeks

Michael Jamison (leg) - test
Chris Judd (Achilles) - test
Matthew Kreuzer (foot) - 12 weeks
Troy Menzel (hamstring) - test

Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)
Western Bulldogs 

W 20 Melbourne
L 65 West Coast
L 29 North Melbourne
W 2 Richmond
W 27 GWS

Carlton 
L 24 Sydney
L 33 Port Adelaide
L 12 Richmond
L 81 Essendon
L 23 Melbourne

Last 5 between clubs 
WB-Carl-WB-WB-Carl

Fantasy factoid 
Veteran Matthew Boyd showed he still has plenty to give with 39 touches and seven marks against the Giants. Boyd has been a fantasy legend over the past decade so it's good to see him still posting big numbers.

Cold hard fact 
Carlton haven't lost five matches in a row in one season since 2007.

Final word 
The Bulldogs are favourites and playing really good footy at the moment, but always be weary of a team that has been under the pump all week. Carlton have been copping it from all angles and if they can't fire up for this one then they really need to have a close look in the mirror. Their teams isn't that bad and the inclusion of Judd could be the difference they need to finally notch their first win. Blues by 8 points.

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