Melbourne v Carlton betting tips, prediction & odds; AFL Rd 9 Preview

Melbourne Demons vs Carlton Blues betting tips; AFL round 9 preview 16/5

Welcome to our Melbourne v Carlton betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for their AFL round 9 clash at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

Unbeaten Melbourne have taken all before them in 2021 and they can match their best ever start to a season with a ninth straight victory, with their stars such as Christian Petracca, Clayton Oliver and Stephen May on fire.

Ominously the last two times Melbourne has won their opening nine games in a season was in 1955 and 1956, going on to win premierships in both years.

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Carlton has been typical Carlton, mixing the sublime with the ridiculous as supporters begin to turn the blowtorch on latest coach David Teague. The Blues can go a long way to shoring up his position with a fourth win of the year against the Demons.

As you would expect, Australian online bookmakers have priced Melbourne short at $1.30, with the Blues outsiders at $3.50. The $1.90 line has been set at 20.5, which is going to need a lot of consideration.

Melbourne, which last played on Saturday night when they beat Sydney, has very few fresh injury worries with Jack Viney probably still another fortnight away from returning.

Carlton, who last played on Sunday when they were overrun by the Western Bulldogs, is likely to regain Marc Murphy from a neck injury, but they will lose the unlucky Jack Silvagni after a head clash with a team-mate forced him to enter the 12-day concussion system.

Continue reading for our free Melbourne v Carlton betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for their AFL round 9 clash at the MCG on Sunday.

Start:3.20pm AEST, May 16
Venue:MCG, Melbourne
Head-to-head odds:Melbourne ($1.30) v Carlton ($3.50)
Line betting: Melbourne -20.5 points ($1.90) v Carlton +20.5 ($1.90)
Premiership odds: Melbourne $5.50; Carlton $81

Melbourne Demons v Carlton Blues tips

Our AFL betting expert has run their eye over the betting and found some value Melbourne v Carlton tips:

Harry McKay to kick 2+ goals

Carlton forward Harry McKay has been a shining light for this team in 2021, but he faces one of his toughest tests yet against the Demons and their key defenders. He is paying $1.52 to kick more than two goals, which is a nice leg to anchor same game multis with.

Wire-to-wire – Melbourne to lead at every change

The Blues are not expected to seriously challenge in this game and the head to head odds reflect this. However there is some value for the Demons to lead at every change, with this option paying $2 with Topsport.

Total game points under 162.5

There is rain predicted and a serious wind warning issued for Melbourne on Sunday, which has us thinking over/under bettors should be taking the under 162.5, which is paying $1.88 with Unibet Australia.

Melbourne v Carlton prediction 16/5/2021

We expect Carlton to fight bravely again in this contest, but ultimately they just have less class through the midfield than their opponent. Melbourne is unbeaten after eight games and while we think they are one of a number of teams in the mix to win the flag, they are certainly amongst the best performed teams to date. They thoroughly deserve favouritism in this one. Our final Melbourne v Carlton prediction? Melbourne by 16 points.

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