Venue: MCG at 3:20pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R12, 2016, Melbourne 16.8 (104) d Collingwood 8.10 (58) at the MCG
R4, 2016, Melbourne 16.6 (102) d Collingwood 9.13 (67) at the MCG
R18, 2015, Melbourne 13.13 (91) d Collingwood 7.12 (54) at the MCG
R10, 2015, Collingwood 17.8 (110) d Melbourne 13.7 (85) at the MCG
R12, 2014, Collingwood 8.13 (61) d Melbourne 3.10 (28) at the MCG
Game notes: This is a season-defining clash for both sides with a position in the top-eight potentially up for grabs. With plenty on the line, the annual Queen’s Birthday blockbuster shapes as the match of the round. Following its bye, Melbourne will be looking to continue the good form it displayed in Alice Springs against Gold Coast. The likely inclusion of Christian Salem, after serving his one-game suspension, will add a touch of class to the Demons’ backline. Collingwood has resuscitated its season on the back of three-straight victories against Hawthorn, the Brisbane Lions and Fremantle. However, injuries to key personnel including Jamie Elliott (ankle), Daniel Wells (calf) and Tyson Goldsack (shoulder) are big blows. The Magpies’ midfielders, in particular Scott Pendlebury, Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams, have been central figures in the club’s revival. With Nathan Jones and Clayton Oliver primed, all three will need to produce their best footy to engineer a Collingwood win.
Mottsy’s Tip: Melbourne by 20 points.
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