Collingwood will be looking to win its second game in a row and further cement its place in the eight when they face the Adelaide Crows tonight. We’ll have live scores from 7.50pm AEST.
There have been enough distractions for Collingwood this week and Friday night footy will be a welcome distraction from the Harry O’Brien saga, quite fittingly the first game of the AFL’s Multicultural Round.
Buckley’s men currently sit one-and-a-half games outside of the top four, but their draw suggests that with some good footy the Pies might be a chance to snare a double chance come September.
They will need to dispose of the Crows like they did to Carlton last week if that is any chance of happening.
A 35-point loss to Port Adelaide two weeks ago suggests that Collingwood fans shouldn’t be getting too cosy just yet.
The Pies will be buoyed by the hopeful return of last year’s Copeland trophy winner Dayne Beams from a quad injury.
Adelaide will be out for redemption this week after surrendering a 13-point lead, to lose by a last minute goal against the Eagles at AAMI last week.
This season hasn’t gone the way the Crows would’ve hoped, especially after missing out on the grand final last year by just one goal.
The Crows have struggled without a power forward this year, and losing Kurt Tippett in the preseason and Taylor Walker to a knee injury didn’t help their cause.
Their midfield has lacked the polish that it had last year, although Patrick Dangerfield is always a danger and Brad Crouch has started to put some solid games together.
Scott Pendlebury: Has had a brilliant month of football, from the Queen’s Birthday match against Melbourne he has averaged a tick over 32 disposals a game, with an average of 13 of those being contested expect Pendles to be up there when it comes to Brownlow Night.
Ben Reid: I know I can’t believe it either! The game’s new swingman was brilliant last week with four goals after being pushed forward. He was one of the main reasons for Collingwood’s resurgence last week. Will we see him up forward again this week?
Honourable mentions to: Travis Cloke and Dane Swan.
Brad Crouch: Two solid displays have the youngster in this column for the week, he earnt a rising star nomination in round 14 and was good again last week against the West Coast Eagles with 26 disposals including nine contested possessions and one goal assist.
Patrick Dangerfield: The number two ranked player in the AFL according to the player ratings hasn’t quite reached his high standards that he set last year but he has been a key to success when Adelaide win.
His effort is always 100 percent which includes the fact that he is averaging 16 contested possessions a game over the last month, if the Crows are any chance he will have to play a virtuoso role.
Last time they met
R9, 2012: Collingwood 10.15 (75) d Adelaide 6.13 (49) at AAMI Stadium
Dayne Beams was dominant, he had 36 disposals and was rewarded with three Brownlow votes.
Quirky facts between the two
Sanderson and Buckley are pretty much ‘best mates’.
Collingwood has won the last five encounters between the two, however Adelaide’s last win over Collingwood came in the opening game in 2009 at the MCG.
The last three games between the two at the ‘G’ have gone down to the wire, decided by four, five and three points respectively.
It’s hard to see Adelaide winning this one. Pies by 32.