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Port Adelaide’s AFL season is on life support while a top-four finish is within Collingwood’s reach after they stormed home to down the Power by 51 points at the MCG.
Collingwood Magpies 17.13.115
Port Adelaide Power 10.4.64
Tension is reaching fever pitch and matches don’t get much more important than a Round 22 clash between the Collingwood Magpies and Port Adelaide Power at the MCG. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:45pm (AEST).
Collingwood have had to do it the hard way for much of the season with one of the lengthiest injury lists in recent memory.
With the likes of Adam Treloar, Jeremy Howe, Lynden Dunn, Tyson Goldsack, Daniel Wells and Ben Reid out of the contest, it does bring the game back into balance somewhat.
Still, the Magpies forward line have been good this season. They have gone off the boil somewhat in the last month with the club losing three of their last five, but a team who won seven on the trot at one point don’t just lose that level of talent overnight.
It’ll be down to Jordan de Goey, Josh Thomas, Mason Cox and Jaidyn Stephenson to stand up and be counted.
Given their strength on the Melbourne Cricket Ground in recent times as well as a desperation to win and finish in the top four, their will be no shortage of will for the Pies.
To finish in said top four, they will need to jump one of Hawthorn (level on points) or the Giants (two points ahead). It’s not out of the question, but they need victories.
The Power, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six and are now looking on shaky ground to finish in the top eight.
Port will be particularly frustrated with their performances in recent weeks after losing the showdown against the Crows by three points a fortnight ago and then suffering another loss at the death to the West Coast Eagles by four points last week.
They too have injury woes, after Charlie Dixon and Paddy Ryder went down in that heartbreaker.
Simply put, their fourth quarter performances haven’t been up to scratch and if that continues, they will get mown down by a Magpies team who are playing solid footy.
Port need a win badly this week though. Just two rounds from the end of the season, they are clinging onto a spot in the eight. Currently on 48 points, Geelong and North Melbourne are sitting right behind them on 44 with a chance to try and reverse the top eight picture this weekend.
A lengthy injury list throws a spanner in the works here, but the Magpies, at home, should start to get back to their best heading towards the finals and pick up a crucial win.
Magpies by 9 points.
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