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Carlton Blues vs Sydney Swans predictions and odds: AFL 2023 finals series

Carlton Blues go head-head with Sydney Swans at Melbourne Cricket Ground in AFL’s first elimination final. This would surely be an exciting encounter as the Swans set to put up a strong performance. This is a crucial game for Carlton Blues as they will be making their first finals appearance in ten years.

Carlton Blues vs Sydney Swans match predictions

Carlton Blues comes into Friday’s game with five wins in their last six games. Sydney Swans also have a similar form (5 wins in six games). It promises to be challenging, and both teams would set up defensively. However, we expect Sydney Swans to emerge victorious in Friday’s clash.

Sydney Swans to win by 1-30 margin @ 2.30

Sydney Swans have been impressive! Their ongoing six-game winning streak has enabled them to advance to the finals ahead of the last round. They are favorites, and a win would extend their winning streak to seven games. However, the Blues are formidable and could spoil the party. We expect a narrow victory, at most 30 points.

Sydney Swans half time/full time @ 1.70

Sydney Swans are currently in fine form, winning three of their previous five matches; it shouldn’t be a surprise if they do the same thing in this encounter. However, this game is more challenging, and the Blues would set up firmly. A conservative wager would be a lesser win margin: To bet the half-time/full-time split in favor of the Swans.

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Carlton Blues: Is danger looming?

The Carlton Blues were among the clubs who didn’t rank in the top four at the end of the regular season. The Blues ended up in fifth position on the ladder. Nonetheless, they will be entirely focused on the first round of the playoffs. The pressure is mounting as a loss on Friday will raise more questions about the team’s competence.

Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty rested for round 24, and it is expected to see them back in the squad on Friday. Also, Blake Acres is expected to return to the side. But there are still doubts over his fitness. Although the medics are optimistic, we would wait to see.

Sydney Swans: The talk of the moment!

The Sydney Swans finished ninth on the AFL table at the end of the regular season. They are unbeaten in the last three games and only lost to Melbourne Demons In August. This ended their six-game winning streak; the encounter ended in a 77-56 score. Nevertheless, the Swans are prepared and aim to secure a win over Carlton Blues on Friday. Tom Papley and Justin McInerney are expected to be available for the Sydney Swans in this big game as an add-on.

Carlton Blues vs Sydney Swans head-to-head

While the Swans have won six out of the previous ten head–to–head encounters, the Carlton Blues only won four. Also, Sydney Swans have won two straight matches against the Carlton Blues with a margin of 77-51 in their recent encounter. Fans and spectators expect this to be an exciting game, and both sides will throw in their best.

Key match details

Carlton Blues vs Sydney Swans

Date: 08/09/2023

Starting Time: 09:50 UTC

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground

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