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Blues can beat anyone: Kouta
Anthony Koutoufides laps up the ecstasy of winning an AFL premiership - his only one - in 1995.

Here come the Blues. That's the warning from former Carlton champion Anthony Koutoufides, who has declared Mick Malthouse's side capable of finishing in the top four this year.

The Blues are 10th on the ladder with four wins from the opening eight rounds, and face a danger match against Brisbane at the Gabba tonight.

If they can overcome the Lions, they should finish round 10 with a 6-4 win-loss record courtesy of a clash with winless Greater Western Sydney at Etihad Stadium.

Their season then goes on the line with a testing four-match stretch against Essendon, Hawthorn, Sydney and Collingwood.

Despite such a tough draw, Koutoufides believes Carlton have plenty of upside and the double chance come September isn't out of reach.

"They definitely can make the top four if all things fall their way and they can keep their best players on the park," the former Blues captain said.

"They are a good team and it's a very open competition.

"Come finals time there would be a lot of teams who wouldn't want to come up against them.

"They are unpredictable and when they are playing at their best they are capable of beating everyone. Their speed, it is electrifying when it is up and going."

Koutoufides believes the Blues will be even more formidable in the second half of the season once they become more accustomed to Malt-house's game plan.

Fremantle were languishing in 11th spot with five wins after 10 games last year in Ross Lyon's first year at the helm. But the longer the season went the more adept the Dockers became at implementing Lyon's renowned defensive shutdown of opposition sides.

They stormed home in the second half of the season, winning nine of their last 12 matches to finish seventh.

"It takes time for the players to adjust to a new game plan and the same goes for Mick. The longer the season goes he can find out what the players can and can't do," Koutoufides said. "They are only going to get better."

Brisbane will be buoyed by their upset win over Essendon at Etihad Stadium last Saturday, but Koutoufides says that result could help Carlton.

"In the past that's been their issue, games they were expected to win they have dropped," he said.

"Carlton would have seen what Brisbane did last week, so there will be no complacency.

"They will be going there switched on. I think they will win."

WA product Chris Yarran is due back next week from a hamstring injury and Koutoufides wants to see Malthouse roll the dice and keep him in attack, with the occasional run through the midfield.

He said opposition sides would be nervous if confronted by a forward set-up which included Yarran, Eddie Betts and Jeff Garlett.

"I want to see them all up there," Koutoufides said.

Yarran kicked four goals in a best-afield display against West Coast at Patersons Stadium in round four when Betts was injured.

"He blew that game apart. He was streets ahead of anyone on the field that night," Koutoufides said.

"I think Yarran could be a bit like Andrew McLeod. Unleash him in the midfield."