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Two of the form sides of the competition, Collingwood and Port Adelaide, clash in a Friday night blockbuster game at Marvel Stadium, with the winner looking to solidify a place in the early season top four. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, commencing from 7:50pm AEST.
Port Adelaide have exceeded expectations and appear rejuvenated thanks the injection of some impressive young talent.
Meanwhile, Collingwood have reaffirmed last season’s efforts were not those of simply a one-hit wonder, with strong early season form which has them sitting above Port on percentage.
The battle in the centre will be brutish and of epic proportions, with the clash of the two form players of the competition Travis Boak and Jordan De Goey symptomatic of the wider war.
Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Dayne Beams, Adam Treloar and Scott Pendlebury will draw the line in the sand for Scott Lycett, Ollie Wines, Tom Rockliff, Brad Ebert and sam Powell-Pepper to run across, as big frame meets big frame in the meatgrinder.
Meanwhile up forward Mason Cox up forward is a big out for Collingwood and their forward line structure, with Ben Reid getting the call up to fill the American’s oversized boots and Jamie Elliot also replacing Travis Varcoe.
On paper Port appear to have the more dangerous mix in their forward line but with both teams having a wealth of goalscoring midfielders, that battle will likely determine the winner.
For Port Karl Amon returns in place of the injured Robbie Gray. Amon opened the season in excellent career best form before suffering a medial ligament strain in Round 2. Expect him to add outside run and a lethal raking kick of a left foot to the side.
Both teams’ records encapsulate the erratic nature of early season form in this year’s competition. Port Adelaide’s two losses were close fought games against Richmond and Brisbane, both of whom Collingwood dispatched with ease.
However, one of Collingwood’s two losses came to West Coast, in Melbourne, while Port went to the West on the back of consecutive losses only to make a mockery of the reigning premiers. Is there any sense to be read from this madness?
Probably not, except to make the rather broad and self-explanatory claim that the team who brings their best will win take the day.
I expect this game to sit on a knife edge if both teams bring something approaching their best form. If this game was on the wide expanses of MCG, I would perhaps give Port the edge, but under Hinkley Port have a history of poor performances at the newly named Marvel Stadium which might be the edge Collingwood need.
Collingwood by 12 points
Where: GMHBA Stadium
When: 7:50pm AEST
TV: Seven, Fox Footy
B Riley Bonner, Tom Clurey, Dan Houston
HB Ryan Burton, Dougal Howard, Darcy Byrne-Jones
C Xavier Duursma, Tom Rockliff, Justin Westhoff
HF Todd Marshall, Brad Ebert, Zak Butters
F Sam Gray, Paddy Ryder, Connor Rozee
FOL Scott Lycett, Ollie Wines, Travis Boak
I/C Jarrod Lienert, Willem Drew, Sam Powell-Pepper, Karl Amon
B Brayden Maynard, Jordan Roughead, Jeremy Howe
HB Jack Crisp, Darcy Moore, Tom Langdon
C Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Tom Phillips
HF Josh Thomas, Ben Reid, Jamie Elliot
F Jaidyn Stephenson, Brody Mihocek, Will Hoskin-Elliot
FOL Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Jordan De Goey
I/C Adam Treloar, Callum L. Brown, Levi Greenwood, Dayne Beams