Freo Firing Without Big Guns

Picture: Daniel Wilkins/Herald Sun
Michael Barlow is a vital member of Fremantle's midfield. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Daniel Wilkins
Last Five Matches

Round 14, 2012 – Collingwood Magpies 107 d Fremantle Dockers 78 (MCG)
Round 23, 2011 – Collingwood Magpies 132 d Fremantle Dockers 52 (Patersons)
Round 8, 2010 – Collingwood Magpies 133 d Fremantle Dockers 97 (Patersons)
Round 13, 2009 – Collingwood Magpies 169 d Fremantle Dockers 85 (MCG)
Round 22, 2008 – Fremantle Dockers 80 d Collingwood Magpies 56 (Patersons)


Form

     Rd 2       Rd 3       Rd 4       Rd 5       Rd 6   
Fremantle   W  L  L  W  W
Collingwood   W  L  W  L  W

Fremantle

Ins:Stephen Hill
Outs: Cameron Sutcliffe (Omitted)

Collingwood  

Ins: Nick Maxwell, Caolan Mooney
Outs: Tyson Goldsack (Hip), Jarrod Witts (Omitted)


Prediction

Even with so many big names missing last week, Ross Lyon was able to devise a game plan which gave the Suns as little room as possible to move, especially when the ball came in to the forward 50. Garrick Ibbotson played as a spare man in defence most of the night and his ability to cut off a number of entries in to the Suns’ attacking zone played a massive part in the win. The Dockers showed against the Bombers a few weeks back that they’re not afraid to play a strangling-type game, even against the best sides in the competition, so the Magpies had better be prepared for a scrap. Dale Thomas played his best game in some time roaming across half-back, and ‘Daisy’ may have just found himself a permanent spot down there, and his creativity will nicely complement the rebound provided by Heath Shaw and Harry O’Brien. Both teams know how to play pressure football, and it could get ugly, and because of that the ‘Pies might just have a bit too much class in the finish. Magpies by 10 points .

Click here to bet on AFL Round 7 matches