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A red-hot Carlton will be hoping for a fifth straight win to boost its late-season finals hopes as it meets the bottom-placed West Coast at Marvel Stadium.

The Blues (8-8-1, 111.4%) have won their past four consecutive matches, including an impressive 50-point win over flag contenders Port Adelaide last week. However they’ll be without star forward Harry McKay, who’s been ruled out for the rest of the home and away season with a knee issue.

The Eagles (1-16, 48.8%) are limping towards the end of the season and the wooden spoon. Fox Footy pundits put several senior players under the microscope last week as the club prepares to make big calls on its list.

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The Eagles were dealt a blow at the selection table, with star defender Tom Barrass a late withdrawal due to a shoulder injury and replaced by Luke Foley.

The starting subs were Lewis Young (Carlton) and Xavier O’Neill (West Coast).

Carlton didn’t need any luck to be considered favourites — but they got a healthy stroke of it early anyway.

Charlie Curnow kicked the opening goal of the game early in the first with a kick that Nick Dal Santo described in commentary as a “genuine shank”. The ball missed the intended target but grubbered along the ground, and all the way through the goal posts.

That got the ball rolling for the Blues and, with six minutes of play, Carlton was already up 26-0.

“They’re a little rattled out there, their heads would be spinning,” Fox Footy caller Kelli Underwood said in commentary.

And it didn’t slow down with the goals continuing to rain on the Eagles in the first term, with Curnow kicking four goals in the opening period alone as the Blues led by 57 points, 9.5 (59) to 0.2 (2).

Sam Walsh meanwhile had racked up 11 disposals at 100 per cent efficiency in a hot start from the midfielder.

The Eagles were able to slow down the Blues more in the second term to somewhat neutralise the contest, with Noah Long kicking the first of the period — and West Coast’s first of the day.

But Walsh responded with an epic running epic goal on the run to further stretch out the home side’s lead.

“There’s a twinkle in their eye this afternoon … up for feasting on the Eagles,” Underwood added.

Curnow soon after put through his fifth goal of the game with over 11 minutes still to be played in the second quarter.

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