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Ben Darvill 14 Sep 2023
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  • Melbourne Demons vs Carlton Blues predictions for Friday's AFL semi-final 
  • The match will be played at the MCG (19:50 AEST)
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Carlton Blues and Melbourne Demons (Getty Images)
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Melbourne Demons vs Carlton Blues Tips


The Melbourne Demons missed out on the chance to secure a stunning win over regular season winners Collingwood last week as they were beaten 60-53 by the Magpies last weekend.
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  • Melbourne Demons Team News
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They get the second chance against the Carlton Blues, who downed the Sydney Swans in a thrilling 74-68 win to take their place in this match. Who will stay alive in the premiership race?

Head To Head


The Blues were able to stun the Demons earlier in the season as they ran out 60-56 winners back in August. 

This was just their second win in their last 10 meetings with the Demons, with their opponents winning the other eight matches. 

Melbourne Demons Form 


The Melbourne Demons have been excellent across 2023, and they were a single win away from potentially topping the ladder in the regular season as they finished just four points behind Collingwood at the summit. 

In the Qualifying Final last weekend, the Demons were right in the game against Collingwood as they fell to a 60-53 defeat in an enthralling match.

While there are some injuries to key forwards to contend with, the Demons did manage to win 17 of the 24 matches they have played this year and are favourites to win through to week three of the finals. 

Melbourne Demons Team News


The Demons will be without the suspended Jacob van Rooyen, while Angus Brayshaw is concussed and ruled out. 

Adam Tomlinson, James Jordon and Charlie Spargo come in for the Demons. 

Melbourne Demons Team List


B: Lever, Tomlinson, Bowey
HB: McVee, May, Salem
C: Hunter, Oliver, Langdon
HF: Jordon, Fritsch, Petracca
F: Sparrow, McDonald, Neal-Bullen
I/C: Spargo, Rivers, Smith, Chandler
EMG: Grundy, Hibberd, Laurie, Schache

Carlton Blues Form 


The Carlton Blues have been excellent of late, and they arrive for this semi-final on the back of a stunning run of 10 wins in their last 11 outings. 

Their most recent outing ended in a 74-68 win over the Sydney Swans in the Elimination Final last weekend to keep their premiership dream alive.

Carlton Blues Team News


The Blues are without Jack Martin, while Harry McKay (concussion) is out. 

Matthew Kennedy comes in for this crunch match. 

Carlton Blues Team List


B: Kemp, Weitering, Newman
HB: Cincotta, McGovern, Saad
C: Acres, Cripps, Cottrell
HF: Docherty, De Koning, Owies
F: Fogarty, Curnow, Motlop
FOL: Pittonet, Cerra, Walsh
I/C: Marchbank, Hewett, Cunningham, Kennedy
EMG: Dow, Hollands, Fisher, Durdin

Verdict

I am backing the Demons to prove too strong for the Blues as they edge to a tight win in the semi-finals. 

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