One of the biggest rivalries in the AFL gets another installment this weekend as the Collingwood Magpies take on the Carlton Blues on Sunday morning. Check out our preview for the clash below.
Collingwood Magpies vs Carlton Blues
MCG, Sunday 29th May, 1.20am (EDT)
The Magpies recorded one of the upsets of the season so far as they travelled west and defeated the fourth placed Fremantle Dockers. With the win, the Pies now move to 5-5 on the season and are just four points out of the top eight.
The Pies will be without a few key players for the Sunday morning clash, most notably star ruckman Brodie Grundy, who will miss at least the next month with a knee injury. Also on the sidelines is Jordan Roughead, Jack Madgen, Nathan Kreuger, Ash Johnson and Tom Wilson.
The Blues are absolutely flying at the moment. They have won their last four games on the trot and have moved up into 3rd place on the AFL ladder. They recorded a brilliant win over the Swans on Friday Night Footy last week, led by star forward Charlie Curnow, who booted six goals.
The Blues are also battling injury concerns at the moment, but have been dealing with it extremely well. Curnow’s running mate Harry McKay remains on the sidelines, as does Ed Curnow, Mitch McGorvern, Marc Pittonet and Zac Williams.
Season So Far, Collingwood
Round 1 dft. St Kilda by 17 points
Round 2 dft. Adelaide by 42 points
Round 3 lt. Geelong by 13 points
Round 4 lt. West Coast by 13 points
Round 5 lt. Brisbane by 7 points
Round 6 dft. Essendon by 11 points
Round 7 dft. Gold Coast by 25 points
Round 8 lt. Richmond by 27 points
Round 9 lt. Western Bulldogs by 48 points
Round 10 dft. Fremantle by 36 points
Season So Far, Carlton
Round 1 dft. Richmond by 25 points
Rond 2 dft. Western Bulldogs by 12 points
Round 3 dft. Hawthorn by 1 point
Round 4 lt. Gold Coast by 30 points
Round 5 dft. Port Adelaide by 3 points
Round 6 lt. Fremantle by 35 points
Round 7 dft. North Melbourne by 50 points
Round 8 dft. Adelaide by 48 points
Round 9 dft. GWS by 30 points
Round 10 dft. Sydney by 15 points
There is a lot of value abotu the Blues here. I expected them to open as favourites at around 15-20 points but the line at the moment is just 8.5 in favour of the Blues. They have an average winning margin of the Blues 8 wins this season has been 23.0. Back them to get the job done at the G.
Blast From the Past
In this section, we’ll be taking you on a trip down memory lane to the most memorable matchups between the two teams in question to help any readers who might be new to the game of AFL football get an understanding for some of the more exciting events throughout the league’s history.
It was the first time Mick Malthouse faced Collingwood as Carlton coach and the game had both an electric atmosphere and a heartstopping conclusion.
Sydney vs Richmond
Sydney -9.5 (2 Units)
Brisbane vs GWS
Brisbane -34.5 (1.5 Units)
Geelong vs Adelaide
Under 162.5 (3 Units)
Melbourne vs Fremantle
Melbourne 1-39 (2.5 Units)
West Coast vs Western Bulldogs
Western Bulldogs -39.5 (1.5 Units)
Gold Coast vs Hawthorn
Gold Coast H2H (3 Units)
St Kilda vs North Melbourne
St Kilda 1-39 (2 Units)
Port Adelaide vs Essendon
Essendon +35.5 (2 Units)