Players to watch
For the Roos, Drew Petrie flies the flag with a stellar season so far, despite some goal kicking inaccuracies. But Petrie will have to be kicking goals to make up for the strong Blues attacking line of Andrew Walker and Eddie Betts. Betts had a great game against the Bombers last week. His performance was only surpassed by captain Chris Judd who continues to dominate the game.
Roos to win
Carlton has up to nine players on their injury list. With such a strong first half of the season, many are questioning the depth of their list to sustain having so many out (compared to five for the Roos). The Roos also have won seven of their last eight games against the Blues. They have the trend leaning their way.
Carlton to win
The Roos have struggled against quality teams this season with a 0 – 8 result against the top eight on the AFL ladder this year. This is not a positive omen for Friday's game, but their recent victories might be what is needed to refine their tactics and build confidence before Friday's clash. But this is all on their wish-list for Friday. Carlton is the in-form team and ready to reverse the trend against North Melbourne. The verdict? Watch and see Friday night.