WHERE AND WHEN: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, June 30, 7.25pm AEST
Collingwood has stormed into the top four off the back of five straight wins and is strongly favoured to continue its run against the struggling Suns. Despite the loss of ace midfielder Adam Treloar, the Magpies have proven so far in 2018 they have a glut of players that can effectively run through the middle of the ground and provide their speedy, smaller forward line – apart from Mason Cox – plenty of opportunities. Conversely, Gold Coast are in a hole. They’ve lost eight straight games, and apart from the narrow loss to St Kilda in their last home game, have struggled to compete. The return of Peter Wright last week gave the Suns a nice one-two punch in the forward line alongside Tom Lynch, but the big area of improvement needs to come in the middle of the ground. Can the Suns match the powerful running of Collingwood’s midfielders, and can their defenders stop their mobile forwards? On recent evidence, the answer is no on all counts. The Magpies should win this one easily.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R17, 2017, Collingwood 15.13 (103) d Gold Coast 13.10 (88) at Metricon
R22, 2016, Collingwood 16.22 (118) d Gold Coast 6.11 (47) at Etihad
R8, 2015, Collingwood 20.12 (132) d Gold Coast 9.9 (63) at Metricon
R16, 2014, Gold Coast 11.14 (80) d Collingwood 10.15 (75) at Metricon
R17, 2013, Gold Coast 13.7 (85) d Collingwood 11.12 (78) at Metricon
Hutta’s Tip: Collingwood by 36 points.
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