Venue: MCG at 3:20pm AEST
Last 5 Times:
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
R11, 2013, Collingwood 17.20 (122) d Melbourne 5.9 (39) at the MCG
Top SC scorers from last game:
Melbourne: Bugg 106, Gawn 105, Tyson 103
Collingwood: Pendlebury 104, Sidebottom 102, Treloar 101
In: Jack Viney, Ben Kennedy
Out: Jeff Garlett (Om.), James Harmes (Om.)
In: Marley Williams, Tom Phillips, Jarrod Witts, Jonathon Marsh
Out: Adam Oxley (Om.), Travis Cloke (Om.), Matthew Goodyear (Om.), Alan Toovey (Om.)
Game notes: Remember when this match was a automatic victory for the Pies? Now after 2 straight victories over Collingwood, the Dees are finally the favourite going into a Queen’s Birthday clash. Having defeated the Pies easily in Round 4, the Demons should post their 6th win for the year and keep their dreams of finals alive.
That said, the Pies have upset Geelong and pushed the Doggies in recent weeks, so on their day they can challenge anyone. With Cloke again out of the side and the inexperienced forward line duo of Cox and White carrying the load, this match could come down to whether the Pies can score enough goals to snatch victory.
The 6 Points
1. Melbourne is ranked equal second for centre clearances, averaging 14.5 per game. Max Gawn is the No.1-ranked ruckman this season with a total of 457 hit-outs.
2. Jack Watts enjoyed one of his best games against Collingwood earlier this season, kicking four goals in Melbourne’s 35-point win.
3. Melbourne has now won the past two clashes between the sides, ending Collingwood’s dominance. The Magpies had won the previous five games including two wins by more than 80 points.
4. The Demons continue to be the highest ranked side kicking for goal this season, with an accuracy rating of 57.7 per cent. The Magpies have been well below that, travelling at 51 per cent.
5. If the Demons win, it will be the first time since 1988 they have defeated Collingwood twice in the same season.
6. Gawn is charging up the AFL Player Ratings, rising from 295th in the competition at the start of the season to 87th after the weekend.
Thommo’s tip: Melbourne by 12 points
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