Venue: MCG 1:10pm AEST
Last Time They Met:
R8, 2016, Collingwood 20.23 (143) d Brisbane Lions 10.5 (65) at the Gabba
R1, 2015, Collingwood 12.14 (86) d Brisbane Lions 11.8 (74) at the Gabba
R21, 2014, Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) d Collingwood 8.8 (56) at the MCG
R10, 2013, Collingwood 14.16 (100) d Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) at the Gabba
R7, 2012, Collingwood 17.14 (116) d Brisbane Lions 8.10 (58) at the Gabba
Game Summary: Collingwood’s season – and presumably Nathan Buckley’s coaching career – hangs by a thread at 3-6 after producing a Houdini act against Hawthorn, but this Sunday afternoon encounter with the bottom team represents a golden opportunity for a welcome percentage booster. The Lions, after upsetting Gold Coast in round one, have lost their past eight games by an average of 44 points. In their most recent losses to Hawthorn and Adelaide, they were competitive before being overpowered in the second half – a pattern that’s likely to continue here. In-form Dayne Beams, who will lead the Lions against his old club for the first time, will no doubt receive a torrid reception from his former teammates and will need all the help he can get against Pendlebury, Treloar, Wells & co. If ever the Pies are going to fill their boots, this is it.
Huttabito’s Tip: Collingwood by 30
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