Nick Riewoldt needs to work a miracle to end the Saints' run of outs! Source: Getty Images/theaustralian.com.au
St Kilda v Collingwood
Friday May 30 – 7:50 PM (AEST)
St Kilda: WLLLL
St Kilda’s disastrous season looks set to continue when they clash with the Pies on Friday night.
Hampered by a string of long term injuries, the St Kilda have struggled to get into their stride and a run of defeats looks to continue against hot Pies. It’s not all negative for the Saints though, with David Armitage to make a return into the side from a knee laceration. Last week’s bye wasn’t enough for James Gwilt to recover from his hamstring injury and he's set to remain on the sidelines for another two weeks. Seb Ross has been a standout in the VFL and will be pushing for an AFL recall this week.
Collingwood displayed great fight to grind out an eight point victory over West Coast. Scott Pendlebury’s chances of winning his first Brownlow Medal were boosted following his impressive performance against the Eagles. The midfielder managed 31 disposals and kicked a goal to continue his stellar early-season form. Coach Nathan Buckley will be forced to make at least one change to the last week’s winning side, after it was confirmed Nathan Brown requires season-ending surgery on his shoulder. Lachlan Keeffe is likely to slot into the match after an impressive performance, which included 18 goals and 11 marks, in the VFL.
Not only does this season’s form make for bad reading for Saint’s fans, their recent head-to-head record with the Pies is abysmal. The Magpies have won six of the past seven meetings, with the other match being the infamous Grand Final draw. Collingwood are at an unbackable price, and deservedly so. They should run all over the Saints and a win could propel them to as high as second on the table.
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