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Richmond vs Carlton Preview & Betting Tips - Will the Tigers pounce in Round One?

The Tigers and the Blues kick off the 2020 AFL season at the MCG
Dustin Martin
Dustin Martin will line up for the Tigers on Thursday night (Getty Images)

Richmond vs Carlton Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips

Traditional rivals Richmond and Carlton kick off the 2020 AFL season at the MCG. The Blues bring in plenty of optimism ahead of the 2020 season after acquiring Eddie Betts and Jack Martin. Are Carlton ready to take the next step and challenge for the finals? 

There will be no greater motivator for the Blues than Richmond, who have dominated the AFL for the last three seasons and show no signs of slowing down. The Tigers enter season 2020 looking to claim their third premiership in four years.

Richmond Team News

B: Nathan Broad, Dylan Grimes, David Astbury
HB: Liam Baker, Nick Vlastuin, Jayden Short
C: Josh Caddy, Dion Prestia, Jack Graham
HF: Daniel Rioli, Shane Edwards, Jason Castagna
F: Tom Lynch, Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt
Foll: Ivan Soldo, Trent Cotchin, Kane Lambert
I/C: Marlion Pickett, Shai Bolton, Toby Nankervis, Sydney Stack
Bachar Houli (injured) and Brandon Ellis (traded) are the only two players from last year's grand final set to miss out. Livewires Sydney Stack and Jack Graham come into the 22. 

Carlton Team News

B: Lachie Plowman, Liam Jones, Sam Docherty
HB: Nic Newman, Jacob Weitering, Sam Petrevski-Seton
C: Sam Walsh, Patrick Cripps, Jack Newnes
HF: Paddy Dow, Mitch McGovern, Jack Martin
F: Michael Gibbons, Levi Casboult, Jack Silvagni
Foll: Matthew Kreuzer, Marc Murphy, Ed Curnow
I/C: Kade Simpson, Will Setterfield, Zac Fisher, David Cunninham

Jack Martin and Jack Newnes will make their Carlton debuts. Eddie Betts will have to wait at least a fortnight until he's back after sustaining a calf injury.

Richmond vs Carlton Head to Head

Richmond has won nine straight games against Carlton in a run that dates back to the 2013 elimination final. The Tigers' average winning margin against Carlton across their last four contests is five goals.

Richmond vs Carlton Betting Odds

Richmond is the overwhelming 1.30 favourites to win a tenth-straight game against Carlton on Thursday. The Blues are the 3.60 outsiders with the line set at +19.5.

Richmond vs Carlton Match Up

The key contest will be Patrick Cripps vs Dustin Martin. Martin is damaging forward of centre and Cripps is a weapon who has averaged 35 disposals against the Tigers in his last three games. 

The difference is that Cripps will need to play well for Carlton to win, but Richmond aren't reliant on Martin to win the game on his own.

Richmond vs Carlton Key Stats

  • Richmond's Dustin Martin has recorded 30+ disposals in each of his last four appearances against Carlton.
  • Carlton have lost their last 18 night matches at the MCG.
  • The underdog has covered the line in 7 of the last 8 Round 1 matches at the MCG.

Richmond vs Carlton FAQ

When does the Richmond vs Carlton game start?

The Richmond vs Carlton game is scheduled to start off at 7.25 CET on Thursday, 19 March 2020.

Where is the Richmond vs Carlton match being played?

Richmond vs Carlton is being played at the MCG.

Where can I watch the Richmond vs Carlton live stream?

Check our live streaming calendar to see where to watch the Richmond vs Carlton live stream.



The Tigers should start their season off with a on Friday night. We're backing Patrick Cripps to amass 30 touches while Dustin Martin should get forward and can kick 3+ goals.

Best Bet: Patrick Cripps 30+ Disposals Betting Market @1.75 at bet365 - 5 Units
Value Bet: Dustin Martin To Kick 3+ Goals @3.75 at bet365 - 2 Units

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