Venue: Adelaide Oval at 7:20 ACST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R19, 2017, Collingwood 15.13 (103) drew with Adelaide 16.7 (103) at the MCG
R17, 2016, Adelaide 14.13 (97) d Collingwood 10.9 (69) at Adelaide Oval
R2, 2015, Adelaide 12.18 (90) d Collingwood 9.9 (63) at Etihad Stadium
R18, 2014, Adelaide 14.14 (98) d Collingwood 12.10 (82) at the MCG
R9, 2014, Adelaide 10.16 (76) d Collingwood 7.13 (55) at Adelaide Oval
Two last-start winners face off at Adelaide Oval under the Friday night lights. For Collingwood to have any chance of an upset victory they are going to have to slow down Adelaide’s slick ball movement. Half-back flanker Rory Laird is getting leather poisoning, Bryce Gibbs and Rory Sloane are leading the midfield and link-up forward Tom Lynch is a welcome return after missing the first two games of the season. The ruck battle between Sam Jacobs and Magpies big man Brodie Grundy will be one to savour. The Magpies tagged Sloane last year, but with Levi Greenwood out with a knee injury, it will be interesting to see who gets the job, or if they go head to head. Adam Treloar, Travis Varcoe and Magpies bad-boy Dd Goey could both spend time in attack as the Magpies change things up and go away from a conventional forward set-up. They’ll need something special to beat the Crows for the first time in five years.
Thommo’s Tip: Adelaide by 25 points
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