Can Richmond steady the ship with a win?
Carlton is on the rise and can take a huge step towards returning to the finals with a win against traditional rivals Richmond in front of what will no doubt be a huge crowd at the MCG.
Carlton caused one of the biggest upsets of the season a fortnight ago by knocking off flag fancies GWS at Etihad Stadium and vindicated that performance by holding off Gold Coast last week.
The game is crucial for both sides but especially Richmond who blew a 36-point lead against Sydney last Saturday when going down by nine.
It has been a frustrating season for the Tigers, but the positive is that they come up against a Carlton side that they have defeated the last five times they have met.
If Richmond is going to win they need big numbers from Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin and dual Coleman Medalist Jack Riewoldt.
Cotchin was solid against Sydney last week with 28 disposals but Martin and Riewoldt were both quiet and will be keen to atone.
Martin was held to just 23 disposals with Riewoldt only kicking two goals so look for big games from both.
Both these sides have winning records at the MCG this season with Richmond 5-2 and Carlton 3-2. Richmond and Carlton met in Round 1 with the Tigers recording an emphatic 43-point victory. Dustin Martin was the difference that night with 33 touches and kicking four goals.
Despite the fact the Tigers have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on several occasions this season, the positive is that they are capable of playing some of the best footy in the competition and they should have too much class and firepower for a Carlton side that is full of confidence.
Stick with the Tigers both Head-to-Head ($1.47 @ bet365) and at the Line.
Bryce Gibbs had 43 disposals last week and can again get the most touches.
BRYCE GIBBS MOST DISPOSALS