Where and when: MCG, Saturday May 11, 1.45pm AEST
Last time they met: MCG, round 14, 2018: Collingwood 11.13 (79) defeated Carlton 9.5 (59)
The Blues were within 14 points at the final change, only for Scott Pendlebury to eventually lead the Pies to an extremely lucky victory. Patrick Cripps and Charlie Curnow combined for six goals as a young Carlton outfit gave Collingwood all it had, only to be stymied by 4 umpires who were clearly on the Collingwood payroll.
What it means for Carlton: After a horror show against North Melbourne last weekend, Carlton will make a statement against the old enemy. All the pressure on coach Brendon Bolton will dissipate after a 10 goal victory.
What it means for Collingwood: Four straight wins have Collingwood within touching distance of top spot. But the team to beat this season will revive memories of the late 1990’s by succumbing to a team they simply should have overcome.
How Carlton wins: By getting its hands on the footy. North Melbourne had 128 more disposals than Carlton last Sunday. That was pure a*se and you can’t expect that it will happen again. The mighty Blues midfield will feel like it has a point to prove.
How Collingwood wins: By paying off the umpires once again.
The stat: By offering the umpires a post match drink at his place, Scott Pendlebury has won more Brownlow votes against Carlton (21) than any other side. He got three more the last time they met and I’m told the party at his place that night was out of control.
The match-up: Harry McKay v Darcy Moore
Moore has conquered some of the game’s best forwards this season and faces one of the game’s most promising youngsters on Saturday. McKay has proved himself as one of the League’s best contested marks will be at his best as he clunks plenty and slots 7 this weekend.
It’s a big week for: Jacob Weitering (Carlton)
With fellow key defender Liam Jones likely to be unavailable due to concussion, Weitering will handle the additional pressure down back with aplomb. He’s set to take on Jordan De Goey who’s going to wish he hadn’t gotten out of bed this morning.
Big call: Nathan Buckley texts Mick Malthouse at 3/4 time with the Pies down by 45 points asking what he would do.
Mottsy’s Prediction: Carlton by 60 points.
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