Blues To Prolong Saints' Pain

Image courtesy Klein
Carlton should edge St Kilda in a rare Monday night AFL clash. Image courtesy Klein

St Kilda v Carlton
Etihad Stadium
Monday May 12, 7.20pm (AEST)

St Kilda: 
Carlton: LLWWL

Carlton's  loss to Collingwood last week will further motivate the Blues to take four points out of Monday night's clash with St Kilda at Etihad Stadium. 

To say the Blues have been disappointing this year would be an understatement. Apart from their round 5 and 6 wins over the Bulldogs and West Coast, Mick Malthouse’s men have been poor and warrant 16th spot on the table. They have no excuses this time out when they face an injury hit Saints side that is coming off a thumping from ladder leader, Hawthorn. First-round draft pick Patrick Cripps has valid claims for a return to senior footy after impressing for the Northern Blues in the VFL. Vice-captain Andrew Carrazzo has been a noticeable absence in the Blue’s midfield, so Malthouse may turn to 23-year-old Jaryd Cachia after he excited against Coburg last Saturday with 27 disposals. 

The Saints were torn to shreds at the MCG on Saturday, slumping to a humiliating 145-point loss to the Hawks. To rub salt into the wound, the Saints are expected to lose Jarryn Geary for up to 12 weeks after he ruptured a ligament in his right elbow in his 100th match. With ruckman Tom Hickey likely to face another week on the sidelines with a foot injury, coach Alan Richardson will have to make a host of changes for this Round 8 clash. Arryn Sippos should be brought into the squad after he stood out in Sandringham’s win over Essendon in the VFL, booting 3 goals.

With Carlton coming up against a depleted St Kilda side in poor form, it’s hard to go past the Blues in this match. Mick Malthouse will not settle for anything less than a win, but if a loss was to eventuate, serious questions will be asked of Malthouse, the players, coaching staff and administration (even if the club is in a re-building phase). St Kilda will put up a better fight than last weekend, but too many injuries should see Carlton ease to victory.

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