WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Saturday, August 25, 2.35pm AWST
Despite a nightmare run with injuries that would cripple most sides, Collingwood travels west with the very real chance of booking a home qualifying final. If the Magpies can touch up the Dockers and boost their percentage, they are likely to fly home on Saturday night inside the top-two, with West Coast then needing to topple Brisbane at the Gabba on Sunday to claim the right to two home finals. If the Pies lose, they could still fall to fifth and face an elimination final, so there’s plenty at stake for Nathan Buckley’s men. The Dockers were horrendous in Geelong and suffered a club record 133-point hammering on one of the darkest days in their 23-year history. Couple that humiliation with veteran defender Michael Johnson’s likely farewell game, and probably Danyle Pearce’s as well, and Freo should have more than enough motivation to finish 2018 strongly, but whether Ross Lyon can inspire a competitive effort remains to be seen.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R11, 2018, Collingwood 21.12 (138) d Fremantle 12.5 (77) at the MCG
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
Hutta’s Tip: Collingwood by 45 points.
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