North Melbourne v Carlton betting tips & prediction; AFL Rd 8 preview

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CARLTON will go into Saturday’s clash against North Melbourne in the unfamiliar position as favourite, but can the Blues repel the pressure and notch up their fourth win of the 2020 season? Welcome to our Carlton v North Melbourne betting tips and winner prediction for their game being played at the Gabba.

The Blues were left heartbroken last Sunday after the mercurial Robbie Gray potted a goal after the siren to deny them their first victory over the Power since 2016, but when the dust settled coach David Teague would have been proud of his young team’s effort against the ladder leaders.

North Melbourne appear to be on a different trajectory than the improving Blues, with the Roos smarting after they were whipped by 54 points, with injuries unable to be an excuse given the Tigers were well and truly decimated. The Roos have now slumped to second bottom after seven rounds and appear headed for a full rebuild.

AFL bookmakers are seeing this match in a similar light, installing Carlton at $1.45 to defeat North Melbourne, who are as long as $2.80 with some betting sites. The line at Unibet.com.au has been set at 12.5 for this clash, which looks about right given the contrasting form lines.


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The Blues, who are celebrating skipper Sam Docherty’s 100th game, will go into the clash unchanged after the promising showing against the Power, with Matthew Cottrell, Callum Moore, Sam Philp and Josh Honey the emergencies.

The Kangaroos have suffered another blow with tough skipper Jack Ziebell, who reinjured a hamstring in the opening quarter of the Richmond loss, being forced to the sidelines. Fellow midfielder Aiden Bonar is also out injured, while forward Mason Wood and ex-Magpie Marley Williams have been dropped.

Cameron Zurhaar, Jed Anderson, Luke Davies-Uniacke and Nick Larkey come into the Roos line-up.

Below we have highlighted our free North Melbourne v Carlton tips and winner prediction for their round 8 AFL clash from the Gabba, starting at 1.05pm on Saturday.


Kangaroos v Blues odds & fixture

Start:1.05pm Local Time, July 25
Venue:Gabba, Brisbane
Head-to-head odds:North Melbourne ($2.75) v Carlton ($1.45)
Line betting: North Melbourne +12.5 ($1.90) v Carlton -12.5 ($1.90)
Premiership odds: Carlton $51; North Melbourne $251

North Melbourne v Carlton betting tips

Our AFL betting expert has scoured the odds for some value and found several value Roos v Blues betting tips for Saturday’s game.

Total Game Points under 111.5

The over/under for the total game points scored in the North Melbourne vs Carlton clash has been set at 111.5. With the weather expected to be bleak over the weekend, we think the $1.88 on offer is an absolute lock and worth putting in your multi-bets. We saw just how much trouble the Roos had scoring last week with just two goals and we can’t see Carlton kicking 15.

Jack Martin to score 2+ goals for Carlton

With the weather forecast looking pretty rough over the next few days, we think the big guys might struggle to have an impact on Saturday. The classy Martin, who might be the recruit of the season, has nine goals for the year, and would be in the top five of the Blues best and fairest. On top of this Martin is paying a juicy $5 in the betting to score 2+ goals, which is good enough for us.


North Melbourne v Carlton prediction 25/7/2020

We think it’s too early in the resurgence of Carlton for them to be priced this short, against a team that desperately needs a win to get the increasingly volatile monkey off their back. That is why we will be steering clear of betting on the outright winner of this one, with the Roos potentially a trap for Patrick Cripps’ men. While we think the Blues midfield will be too strong for a North Melbourne team missing Ben Cunnington and Ziebell, there is just not enough value in either head-to-head or line betting for us to be tempted. Our final North Melbourne v Carlton prediction? Carlton by nine points.


Kangaroos vs Blues lowdown

How can I watch the North Melbourne Roos v Carlton Blues AFL clash?

Subscription TV: Foxtel; streaming/IPTV: Kayo; mobile: AFL Live Pass.

How can I bet on the North Melbourne v Carlton round 8 AFL game?

All of the top online betting sites will offer markets on the AFL.

What time does the Roos v Blues game start?

The game starts at 1:05pm local time on July 25, 2020.

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