Preview: Pies v Blues

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There’ll be AFL experience aplenty when the Northern Blues take on Collingwood today. (PHOTO CREDIT: Carlton Media)

THE Northern Blues will have the chance to make it two from two when they head to Victoria Park today.

After a one-point triumph last week, the Blues will aim to keep a good thing going they head into enemy territory against the Pies.

These two sides met in pre-season for a draw, so they’ll know each other well. With a number of AFL-listed players named, it promises to be a high-quality, combative contest.

Details: Victoria Park, Saturday, April 20, 2pm
Broadcast: Fans can tune into Casey Radio on 97.7FM to listen to the game. The match will also be covered across the Northern Blues’ social media channels.

THE GAME IN FOCUS:

Northern has named some big inclusions to the side which ran out last weekend against Geelong.

After eight debutants last weekend, the landscape of the VFL alignment sees the Blues make six changes to the line-up.

Despite losing Matthew Kreuzer and Jack Silvagni to AFL selection, some key young talent has been included as they return from injury.

The Blues have named a mixture of experience and youth, with Alex Fasolo and Tom Wilson — who starred against Geelong — joined by the likes of draftees Ben Silvagni and Liam Stocker.

They’ll come up against a Pies outfit littered with experience, including the likes of Tyson Goldsack, Ben Reid and Daniel Wells.

Collingwood will be keen to return to winning ways, having been humbled by Footscray in Round 2.

BLUE FOCUS:

Carlton fans will have been buoyed when they saw the inclusions list for today’s game.

For the first time this season, Harrison Macreadie and Tom Williamson have been named, while Matthew Cottrell will make his debut in Blue.

Joining them will be Matthew Kennedy and Andrew Phillips. Collectively, they boost the Carlton contingent in the side to 14 — and they’ll have a big say in Northern’s fortunes.

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Northern’s midfield stocks took a significant boost with the additions of Kennedy, Matthew Lobbe and Phillips, particularly with the loss of Kreuzer and Silvagni.

With the latter pair starring in Round 2, they’ll need a big shift from those in the middle if the Blues are to get over the line for the second straight week.

Joining them will be Sam Fisher and Tom Wilson, who backed up their strong 2018 campaigns with big performances in the clinches against the Cats.

BLUE VIEW:

The Blues will undeniably be hoping for a repeat of the last time they were the away side against the Pies, triumphing by four points in June last year.

Should it be another tight contest, the experience of the respective sides will come to the fore.

Whether it’s Fasolo against Goldsack, Lang against Greenwood or captain Wilson against captain Woodward, there’ll be crucial one-on-one battles all around the ground to dictate the result.

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