WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Monday June 11, 3.20pm AEST
Coming off three straight victories, the Magpies face a significant test against a red-hot Melbourne on Queen’s Birthday. A crowd of up to 80,000 is expected to turn out to watch the Demons attempt to make it seven wins in a row, a feat they have not achieved since 2000. Melbourne’s midfield is humming along nicely with Max Gawn’s ruck dominance allowing Clayton Oliver and Angus Brayshaw to find the footy at will over the last month. Melbourne’s dangerous and versatile forward line has also been pivotal in its powerful form, with coach Simon Goodwin’s team ranked No.1 in the AFL for scoring. The Magpies are getting a good spread across the board, although midfielder Tom Phillips, who has averaged 27.9 disposals per game this season, is one of the most improved players in the competition. Scott Pendlebury, Adam Treloar and Steele Sidebottom will need to have big afternoons if Collingwood is going to match it with the form side of the competition.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R23, 2017, Collingwood 14.15 (99) d Melbourne 12.11 (83) at the MCG
R12, 2017, Melbourne 15.14 (104) d Collingwood 15.10 (100) at the MCG
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
Father Dougal’s Tip: Not going to go against the Demons given their form. Melbourne by 18
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