Great Dane Loves Facing Freo

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Dane Swan is normally a hot Pie against Freo. Image courtest of heraldsun.com.au

COLLINGWOOD v FREMANTLE

Etihad Stadium, Fri March 14, 6.50pm (AEST)

Why watch?
First match of the season? Why wouldn't you? Last season's grand finalists take on the Magpies - the team everyone either loves, or loves to hate. The Dockers are expected to challenge for the flag again. Jury's out on Collingwood and whether they're actually any good or not. A good status check for Magpies' fans - and for the rest of us on how their season may unfold - here.
Match notes
- Magpies Jesse White and Ben Reid to miss with injuries
- Dockers forward Michael Walters can play after reprimand from AFL match review panel this week
- Fremantle's Nick Suban is suspended from last season's grand final
- Dockers coach Ross Lyon and Collingwood counterpart Nathan Buckley have both signed two-year contract extensions prior to the season starting
Say what?
"We go into the game with absolutely no excuses this Friday night and looking to really perform on the big stage," Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich
Key injuries
Nat Fyfe - Frem - knee. Expected to play
Hayden Ballantyne - Frem - thigh. Expected to play.
Zac Clarke - Frem - knee
Scott Gumbleton - Frem - hamstring
Ben Reid – Coll – calf
Jesse White – Coll - calf
Matt Scharenberg - Coll - foot
Patrick Karnezis - Coll - groin
Paul Seedsman - Coll - hip

Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)
Collingwood
W 29 Sydney
L 35 Hawthorn
W 62 West Coast
L 11 North Melbourne
L 24 Port Adelaide
Fremantle
W 74 Port Adelaide
L 71 St Kilda
W 15 Geelong
W 25 Sydney
L 15 Hawthorn

Last 5 between clubs
Coll-Coll-Coll-Coll-Frem

Fantasy factoid
In his past five matches against Fremantle, Collingwood's Dane Swan has had 41, 31, 35, 43 and 27 touches.

Cold hard fact
Fremantle haven't beaten Collingwood in Melbourne since round 15, 2006.

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