Where and when: MCG, Saturday September 21, 4.35pm
What it means for Collingwood: The chance to progress to a second successive Grand Final – which would be a remarkable achievement after the tumult of 2017 – and another chance to be the finals party pooper for the Giants.
What it means for GWS: An opportunity to make their first Grand Final after losing their previous preliminary finals in 2016 and 2017. It would also show great steel to win their third final in a row while missing stars Stephen Coniglio, Lachie Whitfield, Callan Ward and Toby Greene.
The stat: The Giants have lost both of their finals at the MCG, where they have won just two of their past 11 games. The victories were against a depleted Collingwood in round two last year and against Melbourne in round 10 this year.
The match-up: Jeremy Cameron v Darcy Moore
Coleman medallist Cameron and intercept specialist Moore are set to stage a hard-running, high-flying duel that might well be worth the admission price alone.
It’s a big week for: Josh Kelly
With Whitfield ruled out and Greene another potential absentee, the Giants’ best remaining playmaker could be required to produce a career-defining performance against a Magpie midfield that is humming. The silky left-footer’s finals form has been strong, averaging 24 touches and two goals. He might need to lift that to 30 and three.
Big call: Pies fans to start queuing for Grand Final tickets midway through the second quarter.
Prediction: Magpies by 45 points
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