MCG will play host to Thursday's Round 1 AFL game between Richmond Tigers and Carlton Blues. The game kicks off at 7:25 pm with Richmond Tigers heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Richmond Tigers vs. Carlton Blues game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Thursday March 18, 2021 at 7:25 pm
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Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues Preview
It’s set to be a special night at the MCG with it being the first AFL game the home of football has hosted with a crowd since the 2019 Grand Final, along with the feeling of a homecoming Richmond will also unveil not one but two premiership flags before the game.
Reigning Premiers Richmond go into this match as rightful $1.30 favourites in the head to head betting, facing the perfect selection dilemma as to who to include in the side and with reduced capacity at the ‘G the crowd will be very much packed with a rabid Tiger Army in full force.
Expectations are high for Carlton heading into this season, with many expecting the Blues to break into the finals for the first time since 2013.
Ironically, that was the last time the Blues beat Richmond in that infamous Elimination Final.
The Blues and Tigers have faced off in the season opening fixture every year since 2009, with the occasion tending to be more about the crowd (or lack of last year) than the match itself.
Season openers between these two old rivals tend to follow a familiar script in recent years.
Richmond will burst out of the gates and dominate early ensuring a big lead, before dropping their guard a bit and Carlton sneaking a few majors in early in the third quarter before the Tigers get the job done and win by about 4-5 goals.
Thursday night’s season opener should be fairly similar in that aspect and taking Richmond at 25+ points to win is pretty good value.
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