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AFL Round 2: Richmond v Carlton
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Both teams come out for round 2 with something to prove after suffering defeats in round 1 to teams the bookies expected them to beat.

Richmond lost by 18 points to Gold Coast who are fast becoming a bogey team for the Tigers. The remarkable thing about this loss is that Richmond actually had more kicks, handballs, disposals, tackles, hitouts, inside 50s and uncontested possessions than the Suns and their 406 disposals was the 3rd highest of the opening round.

Tyrone Vickery and Jack Riewoldt were roundly criticised for their performances and at times they both looked completely out of sorts. However, Vickery did at least score a couple of goals which stacks up well against his career average. His best season for goals was 2011 when he averaged 1.6 goals per game.

Jack Riewoldt often takes the art of sooking to a whole new level but he’s  responded well enough in the past after being slammed in the press for a poor performance and it wouldn’t be a great surprise to see him knock in a bag of goals on Thursday.

Carlton were, if anything, even more disappointing in their loss to Port Adelaide at the Etihad stadium, turning a 22 point lead at quarter time into a 33 loss.

Port had two forwards in Justin Westhoff (5 goals) and Robbie Gray (4 goals) that dominated their opponents, something Carlton just did not have.

Carlton will need to step up markedly on their total of 310 disposals they managed against Port in order to beat the Tigers.

One thing the Blues have in their favour against the Tigers is recent head to head history. They have won 9 of the last 10 meetings going back to round 15 of the 2009 season. The single loss was in round 1 last season when Richmond won by 5 points. Carlton avenged that defeat by winning by 10 points in round 21 and by 20 points in the Elimination Final.

Verdict

Jack Riewoldt to bounce back with an early goal. First goal scorer @ $7.50 with SPORTSBET

A tricky one to call and with most things pointing to a close game the best bet could be either team to win by 15 points or less (quoted as any other result) on the Tri Bet market with BET365.COM.AU at $2.60

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