Collingwood v West Coast

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Collingwood relies heavily on the service of Dayne Beams. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au.
Fresh from a bye round Collingwood  are still yet to regain the services of gun midfielder Scott Pendelbury for their top of the table clash against West Coast at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. Pendlebury faces another two weeks on the sidelines after suffering a cracked tibia in Collingwood’s round ten win over the Gold Coast. The Pies could receive some added strike power with halfback Heath Shaw and Ben Reid a chance of taking on the Eagles.

West Coast were far from convincing in their win over Melbourne on the weekend and will need a strong performance to contain the high flying Pies who have won eight consecutive games.

Where it will be won – Collingwood boast an impressive record against the top of the table Eagles recording five consecutive wins. Given that both sides are capable of piling on points quickly this contest will be won at the back. Nathan Brown, Chris Tarrant and Nick Maxwell have all been great for the Pies this season who have conceded the fourth least points in the competition. West Coast are third on that stat with the likes of Glass, McGinnity and Adam Selwood all providing valuable clearing ball to the fast moving West Coast midfield.

Prediction – Collingwood are on fire. The Pies are riding an eight game hot streak and are continually beating their opposition to the ball and winning contested possessions. The Eagles aren’t far off, however Collingwood are shifting gears towards the finals at a much higher rate. Collingwood 1-39 .

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