Collingwood v Geelong

Dane Swan was on fire for Collingwood last season. Image courtesy of: heraldsun.com.au
Dane Swan is a key player for Collingwood. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
Reigning premier Geelong  will be looking to get their season back on track when they face Collingwood  at the MCG on Friday night in a replay of last year’s Grand Final. Last week’s 50 point drubbing at the hands of Adelaide means Geelong are languishing outside the eight and they desperately need a win to stay in touch with the top sides.

After making a slow start to the season, Collingwood has slowly been coming back into form, with last week’s 58 point win over the Lions their fourth in a row. Although Nathan Brown succumbed to a knee injury in that match, Dale Thomas, Chris Dawes and Travis Cloke should all be available.

Where It Will be Won – The Cats are yet to win the contested possession count in any game this season and need to address that aspect of their game if they are too match it with the best sides. Skipper Joel Selwood  has been playing well in the middle of the field, but he will need help from the likes of James Kelly  if Geelong is going to match it with Scott Pendlebury  and Brownlow medallist Dane Swan .

Prediction – Geelong were the Magpies bogey side in 2011, with all three of the clubs losses coming at the hands of the Cats. Collingwood is coming into some good form while the Cats continue to struggle and they should get some sort of revenge for those defeats. Collingwood 1-39

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