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Collingwood has stunned the more fancied Melbourne outfit, defeating them by 42 points in a brilliant Queen’s Birthday performance at the ‘G.
Melbourne Demons 14.7.91
Collingwood Magpies 20.13.133
A massive Queen’s Birthday clash between old foes Melbourne and Collingwood is the highlight on a Monday afternoon. Join The Roar for live commentary and scores from 3:20pm AEST.
Well, what a deliriously enticing clash we have upon us on a lazy Monday afternoon. Melbourne – a team so very good this year – are up against a resurgent Collingwood squad in what should be a great clash.
Melbourne’s season thus far has been excellent. Sitting in fourth headed into today’s match, they’ve won eight (including their past six) while their last outing, against the Bulldogs, was a fine 49 point win.
Before that? A season-defining stretch of 69, 109 and 91 point wins over the Gold Coast, Carlton and Adelaide. When they get going, they’re scary good.
Collingwood, for their part, are doing reasonably well – they’ve won their past three, including a big win over Fremantle last weekend.
They’re 7 and 4, but there’s still many questions surrounding Nathan Buckley’s side – including whether or not they can match it with the best of ‘em. Today’s outing will be the perfect chance to prove they can – win and they’re raise plenty of eyebrows.
Statistically, Melbourne are one of the very best in the competition. They’re far and away the highest scoring squad, while they’re also the top centre clearance team in the league.
Collingwood can score – we so that against Freo, albeit against a young defensive group – but they can’t match the Demons in the centre, although a midfield core of Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom and Adam Treloar can have their moments.
Arguably, the midfield is where this one will be played and won – something which should enthuse the Demons given just how powerful it’s core has been.
There’s been three changes between the two sides leading into today’s game – one for the Pies, two for the Dees.
Frustratingly for the ‘hosts’, Jake Lever is gone for the year with an ACL injury, while they’ve also omitted Timothy Smith. Cameron Pedersen and Joel Smith return to the side.
Collingwood’s inclusion is a little higher profile – Jeremy Howe returns to the side, while Flynn Appleby is omitted.
Difficult one to pick, this match. Most of the money seems to be flowing the way of Melbourne, but they’re definitely no certainties.
They’re an authentically better side than their opposition, and should win, but I don’t see this one going to script.
I’m going to go against the grain a little and tip the Magpies.
I feel like Buckley’s men have been eagerly awaiting a genuine scalp, and I see them narrowly emerging victorious in front of a massive crowd.
Collingwood by 5 points
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