Where and when: MCG, 7:50pm (AEDT)
Last time they met: R1 2020: Western Bulldogs (34) touched up by Collingwood 13.8 (86)
The Pies had winners everywhere; Brodie Grundy manhandled Tim English to be best on ground with 37 hitouts, one goal, three behinds and 19 disposals, while Taylor Adams dominated in the middle and Brody Mihocek booted three goals. Scott Pendlebury was typically influential in the first quarter as the Pies put on a 26-point lead by quarter-time, while the Dogs struggled to simply get the ball into their forward arc and managed one goal from just two entries.
Match Preview: Collingwood produced an underwhelming campaign last season as they finished eighth and despite winning their first game in the finals, could not back it up the following week. They will hope for better this season and that begins with their opening clash against Western Bulldogs. The Dogs finished just one better on the ladder but were defeated in their only game of the finals so they too will feel they did not hit the heights that they were capable of. The pair will be eager to get off to a good start to 2021 tonight.
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