Geelong is on top of the world after a cliff-hanger victory over 2010 Premiers, Collingwood.
It was built up as one of the big games of the season. The result showed it was not hyperbole. Both teams have dominated the AFL over the past few years and both wanted victory. The difference in the end was less than a goal, but it was enough to push Geelong to the top of the ladder, making them favourites for this Friday's game. But will they have it all their own way?
Carlton is also on a high after their big win over St. Kilda (84 to 81). Again, both these teams have done well, with St. Kilda having been a real contender for several years. The Saints were tipped to win, but the Blues have been gaining momentum with good recent wins over Sydney and Adelaide. In the end, Carlton held its nerve and registered the win.
What does this mean for Friday night? AFL fans should watch this game as a preview of these teams' performances in September. Both are serious finals teams, and both have come off big wins. How they perform this Friday will reveal a lot about their finals strategies. Watch it on the Seven Network from 7.40pm.