'Pies Out To Upset Perfect Cats

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Dane Swan collected 40 possession last time this teams met. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 16, 2012 – Collingwood Magpies 110 d Geelong Cats 79 at MCG
Round 8, 2012 – Collingwood Magpies 96 d Geelong Cats 84 at MCG
Grand Final, 2011 – Geelong Cats 119 d Collingwood Magpies 81 at MCG
Round 24, 2011 – Geelong Cats 149 d Collingwood Magpies 53 at MCG
Round 8, 2011 - Geelong Cats 65 d Collingwood Magpies 62 at MCG

Current Form

  Rd 3    Rd 4    Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7 
Collingwood

L

W

L

W

L

Geelong

W

W

W

W

W


Collingwood  was expected to be one of the Premiership pacesetters this season, but goes into its clash with Geelong  on Saturday night with just four wins from the opening seven rounds. Many predicted that the Cats were on the decline, but they are the team that goes to the MCG with the only unbeaten record in the competition, having won the top of the table clash with Essendon last Friday night.

Luke Ball returns for the Magpies after an absence of more that twelve months from the AFL after recovering from a ruptured ACL sustained against the Blues in round three last season but Dale Thomas has been ruled out after picking up an ankle injury during the week. He is joined on the sidelines by Heath Shaw, who copped a one week ban for striking.

Geelong will also be missing a key man through suspension, with James Kelly rubbed out for two weeks by the match review panel, but his absence has been offset by the return of Joel Corey.

Key Men

Dane Swan (Magpies) – 2011 Brownlow medallist Dane Swan  had a day out in round 16 against the Cats last season, helping himself to 40 possessions as his team scored a 31 point victory. His output has been below his usual level in the past fortnight however but he will relish going up against the likes of Joel Selwood and Jimmy Bartel.

Tom Hawkins (Cats) – Already without several defenders through injury, the absence of Heath Shaw for the Magpies means that the job of containing the Geelong’s explosive forward line will be left to some fringe players. Powerful forward Tom Hawkins  has kicked 15 goals already in 2013 but is yet to break a game open like he did on a few occasions last year. He will fancy his chances against some of the Collingwood’s inexperienced backmen.

Prediction

Geelong may be the only unbeaten side in the AFL this season but they certainly won’t be taking anything for granted in this match given that Collingwood beat that both times that the sides met last season. You can’t fault what the Cats have done this season however with Hawthorn, Sydney and Essendon amongst their scalps in 2013. The Magpies are yet to produce their best form during this campaign and a 27 point defeat to Fremantle is not the type of result they would want to take into a clash with the only beaten side in the competition. Geelong Cats by 22

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