Carlton find themselves inside the top 6 through five rounds of football and have just the singular loss on their resume.
That loss came against the Gold Coast Suns two weeks ago and they just fell in against a fast finishing Port Adelaide last weekend.
Their stoppage work has been outstanding so far this season and that is in no small part to the inclusion of ex Swan George Hewitt who ranked second in the competition for Total Clearances and second in effective disposals.
Fremantle also have just one loss to their name through five rounds and find themselves second on the AFL Ladder.
You could argue that the Dockers have had a favourable draw, as the only team they have played that is currently inside the top eight is St Kilda, a team they lost to by 10 points in round two.
Fremantle entered season 2022 with the 5th youngest list in the competition and when you consider they have the oldest player in the league in David Mundy (37 in July) they are performing well above where many thought they may have been.
This is a real litmus test for a young Freo side but I feel Carlton are just a little more further along in their development as a genuine finals contender.
Carlton have also won their last four straight games against the Dockers.