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Coming off two damaging losses, the pressure is on the Collingwood Magpies to bounce back against the Sydney Swans. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:40pm (AEST).
Collingwood’s past fortnight has knocked the premiership winds out of their sails – on and off the field. They have dropped two games in disastrous fashion: losing by 66 points to West Coast, and then conceding a winnable game to Freo by two goals. Throw in Nathan Buckley’s COVID-19 breach, and it has been a poor two weeks for the Victorian powerhouse.
Sydney have had a slightly better fortnight. The Swans did secure a win – their third of the season – over Hawthorn in Round 8, but were pummelled by a white-hot St Kilda last Saturday. They head into today’s clash in 17th position and without many obvious chances to steal a fourth win in the foreseeable future.
The tenth-placed Magpies narrowly won the only encounter between these sides last year, but Sydney have a better record: securing three victories from the past five games between the duo.
There’s been changes aplenty for both outfits: Chris Mayne and Travis Varcoe headline the Pies’ omissions. Nick Blakey and Lewis Taylor are two of four Swans dropped from that team. We do see two debutants though: Trey Ruscoe for Buckley’s side and Sam Wicks for John Longmuire’s squad.
Opening bounce: 5:40pm (AEST)
Venue: The Gabba
TV: Fox Sports, Seven (NSW only)
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
Betting: Collingwood $1.31, Sydney $3.50
B: J.Madgen, J.Roughead, I.Quaynor
HB: B.Maynard, D.Moore, J.Noble
C: T.Phillips, J.Crisp, C.Brown
HF: J.Stephenson, B.Mihocek, W.Hoskin-Elliott
F: S.Sidebottom, B.Reid, J.Elliott
Foll: B.Grundy, T.Adams, A.Treloar
Bench: J.Daicos, B.Sier, T.Ruscoe, J.Thomas
Emergencies: T.Broomhead, C.Mayne, R.Wills, M.Keane
B: J.Lloyd, D.Rampe, M.Ling
HB: R.Fox, A.Aliir, W.Hayward
C: D.Stephens, O.Florent, H.Cunningham
HF: J.Thurlow, T.McCartin, J.Rowbottom
F: T.Papley, S.Reid, E.Taylor
Foll: C.Sinclair, L.Parker, C.Mills
Bench: L.Melican, J.Bell, J.Dawson, S.Wicks
Emergencies: R.Clarke, C.Warner, L.Taylor, N.Blakey