Preview: Blues v Dolphins

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The Northern Blues and Frankston will do battle in Round 7 action at Ikon Park. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rose Zarucky)

A SEVENTH consecutive win against Frankston will be exactly what the Northern Blues are looking for.

The Blues and Dolphins will meet for the first time this season at Ikon Park, with the game starting today at 2pm. Northern is looking for its fourth win from the opening five games, while Frankston is searching for its maiden win of 2019.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Round 7 VFL clash.

Details: Ikon Park, Saturday 18 May, 2pm
Broadcast: A live stream of the game will be available on the Carlton Football Club’s Youtube channel.

THE GAME IN FOCUS:

After an inconsistent start to the season by way of fixturing, Northern will get a look at five consecutive games ahead of the mid-season bye.

The perfect way to kick that off would be a win against the Dolphins today.

Undefeated over today’s opponent since 2014, the Blues will be under no illusions that they’ll have their work cut out for them today.

Having run Sandringham within two points a fortnight ago, Frankston will be up for the fight as they aim to bring an end to its winless start for the year.

One thing that’s guaranteed against the Dolphins is they’ll bring the heat at the coalface.

BLUE FOCUS:

With perfect conditions for football, this could be the day where Alex Fasolo, Patrick Kerr and Jesse Palmer among others will be hoping for big afternoons in front of goal.

The trio have hit the scoreboard each week in Blue, but they’ll need to fire for the Blues to kick a winning score.

Averaging two goals a game so far this season, Kerr has been a reliable source of goals, while Palmer has been a likely target despite some inaccuracy in front of goal.

Fasolo’s cleverness and class has been on display in spurts, and Josh Fraser has said he doesn’t think a four-quarter performance is far away for the goal-sneak.

GET EXCITED ABOUT:

For the first time in 2019, Kym Lebois will be in action.

The small forward will return to football after a start to the year delayed by a hamstring injury.

At his best, the classy small forward is a valuable addition to Northern’s forward set-up and he’ll be looking for a big return to footy. It’ll be his first game since Round 16 last year.

BLUE VIEW:

How will the Blues stand up in the middle in the absence of Tom Wilson?

It’ll be of keen interest as to how Northern reacts to the loss of the captain, who went down with an ACL injury early in the win over North Melbourne.

The onus will be on the likes of Darcy Lang — who will co-captain the side alongside Kane Keppel — and Sam Fisher to rise to the occasion.

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