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Preview: Carlton v Melbourne

Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media
Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media

Where and when: MCG, Sunday, July 7, 1.10pm AEST 

What it means for Carlton: The Blues have looked a different side since David Teague took the reins as interim coach, winning two of their last three matches and playing an exciting brand of footy. Victory here will continue to build some nice momentum. 

What it means for Melbourne: Having started the year as one of the premiership favourites, defeat will see the Dees slip beneath the Blues on the ladder. That is simply unacceptable and must provide Melbourne with some motivation this weekend. 

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The stat: Ed Curnow racked up an incredible 16 clearances in Carlton's victory over Fremantle on Sunday. Only eight players have had more in a single game. 

The match-up: Clayton Oliver v Jack Silvagni

Having nullified the impact of Nat Fyfe throughout the second half on Sunday, could we see David Teague trust Silvagni with a role on one of Melbourne's big-bodied midfielders? Oliver appears the obvious choice, with his work in close crucial to the Demons' success. 

It's a big week for: Mitch McGovern (Carlton)

With both Harry McKay and Charlie Curnow hobbled by injury, a lot of responsibility falls on the shoulders of McGovern to lead Carlton's forward line this week. He hasn't kicked multiple goals in five matches, so must step up to inspire the attack on Sunday.

Big call: Another determined Blues comeback, but this one falls just short 

Prediction: Melbourne by 9 points