Venue: MCG at 13:45 AEST
Last 5 times:
R19, 2015, Collingwood 16.9 (105) d Carlton 13.9 (87) at the MCG
R5, 2015, Collingwood 18.12 (120) d Carlton 6.9 (45) at the MCG
R15, 2014, Collingwood 13.13 (91) d Carlton 11.10 (76) at the MCG
R7, 2014, Collingwood 14.20 (104) d Carlton 10.10 (70) at the MCG
R15, 2013, Collingwood 17.16 (118) d Carlton 12.5 (77) at the MCG
Top SC Scorers from last match (listed in 2016):
- Collingwood: Swan 168, Pendles 129, Fasolo 125, Blair 112, Crisp 106, Williams 101
- Carlton: Murphy 130, Simpson 112, Cripps 103, Kreuzer 101, Carrazzo 100 (we miss you, Carrots!)
Game Notes: It’s a big occasion whenever these two (once-)mighty clubs meet, and this clash between 13th (Collingwood) and 14th (Carlton) has taken on new significance with the winner to go a game clear of the loser. Not long ago, Pies fans would have pencilled this in as a percentage-boosting victory, but the Blues have belied their rebuilding status to win their past two games, and appear more than just a sneaky chance to break their six-game hoodoo against an out-of-sorts Collingwood. With the Pies boasting a high-flying attack, the Blues will miss injured prodigy Jacob Weitering. Collingwood has been blown out early by a lot of teams this year, so if the Blues can exert some early scoreboard pressure (do you hear me LEVI! and Liam?) they could very well go on to get the choccies.
The 6 Points
1. Carlton is aiming for a third successive win for the first time since late 2013, while another Collingwood loss would consign the Pies to their worst opening seven weeks of a season since they were 1-6 in 2005.
2. Collingwood has dominated Carlton in recent times, winning their past six encounters by an average of 33 points. The Blues haven’t beaten the Pies since Round 15, 2012.
3. Dane Swan, the sidelined Pies champion, was the star when these teams last met, amassing 41 possessions, 10 marks and three goals to earn three Brownlow votes. Alex Fasolo and Ben Reid kicked four goals each.
4. Both sides are struggling to get the ball forward, with Carlton 13th in the AFL for inside 50s (averaging 50.7) while the Magpies are 14th (48.3).
5. No two teams have played each other as much as Collingwood and Carlton. Their 251 contests have resulted in 125 wins to the Blues, 122 to the Magpies and four draws.
6. Ex Lion Jack Crisp has made a steady rise in the AFL Player Ratings since joining Collingwood for the 2015 season. Since then he has shot up from No.530 overall to a career-high No.114.
Mottsy’s Tip: Carlton by 10 points.
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