WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Sunday June 3, 3.20pm
The 6-4 Magpies’ hopes of remaining in the top eight will hinge largely on their fortunes at the MCG, where they play seven of their next eight games, starting with Fremantle on Sunday. Nathan Buckley’s men enter the clash in good shape, having won six of their past eight games and with classy veteran Daniel Wells back after a scheduled rest. The Magpie midfield is motoring along nicely and is being given silver service by in-form ruckman Brodie Grundy, but they will be challenged by guns in skipper Nat Fyfe and Lachie Neale. Ross Lyon’s 4-6 team has won just one of its past five games and last week went down to North Melbourne in a bruising home encounter in the wet, which will test their energy levels here. Freo hasn’t beaten the Pies at the MCG in almost 12 years.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R11, 2017: Collingwood 15.15 (105) d Fremantle 12.13 (85) at Subiaco Oval
R14, 2016: Collingwood 12.13 (85) d Fremantle 5.7 (37) at the MCG
R13, 2015: Fremantle 12.8 (80) d Collingwood 11.7 (73) at Subiaco Oval
R1, 2014: Fremantle 17.14 (116) d Collingwood 5.16 (46) at Etihad Stadium
R7, 2013: Fremantle 15.10 (100) d Collingwood 10.13 (73) at Subiaco Oval
Father Dougal’s Tip: Pies because they are at home. Expecting it to be close. (So it probably won’t be)
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