Swans Seeking Twelve Straight

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Adam Goodes has been leading from the front for the Swans in recent weeks. Image courtesy of www.heraldsun.com.au

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Sydney v Carlton


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Saturday July 12 – 7:40 PM (AEST)

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The Sydney Swans can add to their astonishing winning streak on Saturday night when Carlton come to town.

You would think having sharp-shooter Kurt Tippett out for this weekend’s match would be a bit of a worry, but when you’ve got Buddy Franklin and Adam Goodes firing on all cylinders, there’s no reason to panic. Tippett succumbed to another knee injury on the weekend, but luckily for him it’s expected he will only miss the one match and should be back just in time for the mouth-watering, top-of-the-table clash with Hawthorn. The Swans were made to work in the west last week, but ran away with it in the end to record a 28-point win over the Eagles at Patersons Stadium. Zak Jones copped a heavy knock in the early stages of that match and he may have to sit out this week’s clash against the Blues. If that’s the case, Shane Biggs will feel he has earned a recall after a string of impressive performances in the NEAFL. The midfielder is in the sort of form which saw him play in last year’s finals series for the Swans, and if he keeps up his form, who would bet against him featuring for them again in September?

Carlton gave their fans something to cheer about last week - a big win. Mick Malthouse’s side were ruthless against the Saints on Sunday, booting a season high 24 goals in an 85-point romp. Henderson, Casboult and White all kicked four majors at Etihad Stadium to heap even more misery on St Kilda. The big win brought a five match losing streak to an end, but they’ll have to be at their best to get anywhere near the Swans this weekend. Andrew Carrazzo is expected to miss two matches after he was subbed off with a quad injury late in the second quarter. That will leave room for someone in the VFL to step into the Blues midfield. Jarrad Waite was impressive for the Northern Blues, managing 21 disposals and three goals. He has strong claims to fill the vacant spot, and so will Jeff Garlett, who racked up 20 disposals, including 14 in the final term.

The Blues put in their best performance of the season last week, and if they can replicate that form in Sydney on Saturday night, they should be competitive. The Swans though can make history on Saturday and in the sort of form they’re in, you just can’t back against them. The bookies have given the Blues no hope, but with last week’s display, they may be value at the line.

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