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Richmond vs Carlton Tips & Betting Preview - Will the Tigers pounce in round one?

  • The Tigers and the Blues kick off season 2020 at the MCG on Thursday night
Dustin Martin
Dustin Martin will line up for the Tigers on Thursday night (Getty Images)

Richmond vs Carlton Tips & Betting Preview

Traditional rivals Richmond and Carlton kick off the new AFL season at the MCG on Thursday night.

The Blues bring in plenty of optimism ahead of the 2020 season after acquiring Eddie Betts from Adelaide and Jack Martin from the Gold Coast Suns. Is Carlton finally ready to take the next step and challenge for the finals? 

There will be no greater motivator for the Blues than Richmond, who have dominated the AFL for the last three seasons and show no signs of slowing down. The Tigers enter season 2020 looking to claim their third premiership in four years.

Richmond Team News

B: Nathan Broad, Dylan Grimes, David Astbury
HB: Liam Baker, Nick Vlastuin, Jayden Short
C: Josh Caddy, Dion Prestia, Jack Graham
HF: Daniel Rioli, Shane Edwards, Jason Castagna
F: Tom Lynch, Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt
Foll: Ivan Soldo, Trent Cotchin, Kane Lambert
I/C: Marlion Pickett, Shai Bolton, Toby Nankervis, Sydney Stack
Bachar Houli (injured) and Brandon Ellis (traded) are the only two players from last year's grand final set to miss Thursday's game, with livewires Sydney Stack and Jack Graham coming into the 22. 

Carlton Team News

B: Lachie Plowman, Liam Jones, Sam Docherty
HB: Nic Newman, Jacob Weitering, Sam Petrevski-Seton
C: Sam Walsh, Patrick Cripps, Jack Newnes
HF: Paddy Dow, Mitch McGovern, Jack Martin
F: Michael Gibbons, Levi Casboult, Jack Silvagni
Foll: Matthew Kreuzer, Marc Murphy, Ed Curnow
I/C: Kade Simpson, Will Setterfield, Zac Fisher, David Cunninham

Jack Martin and Jack Newnes will make their debuts for Carlton but Eddie Betts will have to wait at least a fortnight until he's back in the navy blue after sustaining a calf injury at training.

Richmond vs Carlton Head to Head

Richmond has won nine-straight games against Carlton in a run that dates back to the 2013 elimination final.

The Tigers average winning margin against Carlton across their last four contests is five goals.

Richmond vs Carlton Betting Odds

Richmond is the overwhelming $1.30 favourites to win a tenth-straight game against Carlton on Thursday.

The Blues are the $3.55 outsiders with the line set at +19.5.

Richmond vs Carlton Match Up

The key contest will be between Patrick Cripps and Dustin Martin.

While Martin is much more damaging forward of centre, Cripps is an absolute beast who has averaged 35 disposals against the Tigers in his last three games. The difference on Thursday night is that Cripps will need to play well for Carlton to win, but Richmond aren't relying on Martin to win the game off his own boot.

Richmond vs Carlton Key Stats

  • Carlton has lost each of its last 18 night matches at the MCG
  • Dustin Martin has recorded 30+ disposals in each of his last four appearances against Carlton
  • The underdog has covered the line in seven of the last eight Round 1 matches at the MCG

Richmond vs Carlton FAQ

When does the Richmond vs Carlton game start?

The Richmond vs Carlton game is scheduled to start off at 7.25pm AEDT on Thursday, March 19 from the MCG.

Where is the Richmond vs Carlton match being played?

The Tigers host the Blues at the MCG to kick off the 2020 AFL season.

How can I live stream the Richmond vs Carlton match?

Visit our live streaming page for information on how you can watch the Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues.



The Tigers should start their season off with a on Friday night.

We're backing Patrick Cripps to amass 30 touches while Dustin Martin should drift forward and impact the scoreboard.

Match Result: Richmond Tigers To Win @1.30 at - 10 Units
Disposals Bet: Patrick Cripps To Get 30 Or More Disposals @1.72 at Beteasy - 5 Units
Goal Scorer: Dustin Martin To Kick 3 Or More Goals @3.75 at Sportsbet - 5 Units

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