WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Saturday, March 24, 7.25pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R15, 2017, Hawthorn 18.10 (118) d Collingwood 14.10 (94) at the MCG
R9, 2017, Collingwood 13.12 (90) d Hawthorn 11.6 (72) at the MCG
R23, 2016, Hawthorn 17.10 (112) d Collingwood 17.9 (111) at the MCG
R14, 2015, Hawthorn 15.11 (101) d Collingwood 12.19 (91) at the MCG
R23, 2014, Hawthorn 18.13 (121) d Collingwood 8.8 (56) at the MCG
Both the Hawks and Pies are coming off disappointing 2017 campaigns and shape as the two of the more difficult clubs to handicap heading into the new season. What is clear about the Pies is that they’ll need close to their best 22 available most weeks if they’re to snap their four-year finals drought and, sadly, they’ll again be missing some key players this week. Not so the Hawks, who will be close to full strength and given the difficult few weeks to follow, the same nightmare 0-4 start from last year looms large again if they don’t win this. The Pies bat deeper through the midfield and are the better clearance team, but the Hawks have more talent inside both 50-metre arcs and the return of Ben Stratton, James Frawley and more than likely, Cyril Rioli, helps considerably.
Schwarz Suggests: Hawks by 10 pts
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