Venue: Etihad Stadium at 3:20pm (AEST)
LAST FIVE TIMES
R19, 2016, Collingwood 13.13 (91) d West Coast 11.6 (72) at the MCG
R6, 2016, West Coast 18.16 (124) d Collingwood 9.8 (62) at Domain
R16, 2015, West Coast 11.21 (87) d Collingwood 7.14 (56) at Etihad
R20, 2014, West Coast 19.12 (126) d Collingwood 10.6 (66) at Domain
R10, 2014, Collingwood 17.7 (109) d West Coast 15.11 (101) at the MCG
Game notes: If West Coast is to be taken seriously as a finals threat, winning games like these against a battling Collingwood at Etihad Stadium is simply non-negotiable. The Eagles – who will celebrate spearhead Josh Kennedy’s 200th game and midfielder Luke Shuey’s 150th game – are clinging to eighth spot and have a reasonably good run home. They are fresh from a 30-point win over arch enemy Fremantle in the Derby but haven’t won successive games since round eight. In fact, since then the Eagles have won just three of eight games. Their task will be made a little easier by the 14th-placed Pies being without injured skipper Scott Pendlebury, which could well hand the visitors the ascendancy in the crucial midfield battle. An Eagles defeat would hardly boost confidence levels ahead of their return to Docklands in a fortnight to take on fellow finals aspirant St Kilda.
Hutta’s Tip: Collingwood by 10 points.
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