Melbourne Tries To Bury Its Demons

Source: Joe Castro/AAP
Colin Sylvia returns from suspension against Collingwood. Source: Joe Castro/AAP
Last 5 Meetings

Round 11 2012 – Collingwood 129 d Melbourne 87 at MCG
Round 12 2011 - Collingwood 129 d Melbourne 41 at MCG
Round 10 12, 2010 - Melbourne 76 drew with Collingwood 76 at MCG
Round 2 2010 - Collingwood 86 d Melbourne 85 at MCG
Round 11 2009 - Collingwood 126 d Melbourne 60 at MCG

Current Form

  Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10 
Melbourne

L

L

L

L

L

Collingwood

W

L

W

L

W



The Melbourne Demons  are unlikely to be able to match it with Collingwood  on Monday afternoon, but coach Mark Neeld will be looking for a committed performance from his team against the Magpies at the MCG. This fixture is always one of the biggest of the season for the Dees and they will be determined to put in a bold showing after losing their past two matches by a combined margin of 185 points.

Under pressure boss Mark Neeld has recalled Colin Sylvia to his squad after the midfielder served his three match ban for striking the Suns Jared Brennan last month, while promising first year player Jimmy Toumpas, Tom McDonald and Sam Blease are also back in the AFL. James Frawley and Joel McDonald will both with the match through injury however.

An injury to Collingwood forward Jamie Elliott has paved the way for Queenslander Adam Oxley to make his debut for the Magpies, while Travis Cloke and Ben Sinclair return at the expense of Marty Clarke and Andrew Krakouer.

Key Men

Nathan Jones (Melbourne) – The Demons looks totally outclassed right across the field against Premiership aspirants Collingwood, but one man that won’t make things easy for them is Jones. He has worked tirelessly around the stoppages this season and will have the task of taking on the likes of Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury in that department at the ‘G’.

Travis Cloke – Collingwood forward Travis Cloke has established himself as one of the best forward targets in the competition over the past few seasons but has curiously struggled against Melbourne in the past. He has only kicked 17 goals from 11 games against Demons but will be confident of getting a big haul this time around against a defensive unit that has conceded more than 100 points in every round this season.

Prediction

Even with a host of first team regulars missing, Collingwood has too much firepower to be troubled by the struggling Demons and it is simply a question of how far they win by. Melbourne traditionally lifts for this match every season and should at least improve on the abysmal performances they have put in over the past fortnight. Collingwood by 58

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