Sydney v Collingwood

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Josh Kennedy has excelled for the Swans in 2012. Picture: Anthony Reginato/
Sydney  can go a long way to securing the minor premiership by beating Collingwood  at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night, but they must overcome a terrible record against the Magpies to do so. The Swans are on a ten game losing run against Collingwood that stretches back to 2006. To make things even harder for the ladder leaders, with midfielder Jude Bolton out of the match with a knee injury that is expected to sideline him to three games.

After being handed a two game suspension by the club following a misdemeanour earlier in the week, Brownlow medallist Dane Swan is unavailable for this clash, but Collingwood get veteran defender Chris Tarrant back after he was a late withdrawal from last week’s win over St Kilda.

Where It Will be Won – With Dane Swan unavailable, Sydney will fancy their chances of matching it with the Magpies in the midfield. Former Hawthorn player Josh Kennedy  has been a revelation for them in the midfield and leads the competition for clearances, while Kieren Jack  is another player who has excelled for them in 2012.

When Swan missed two games earlier in the season, young guns Dayne Beams  and Steele Sidebottom  were two of the players who stepped up, and they will have to make a big contribution in the middle of the ground if Collingwood is going to upset the competition leaders.

Prediction – Despite coming into this game on the back of nine straight wins, Sydney could be vulnerable to Collingwood in this match. The Swans don’t play their best football at ANZ Stadium and that, coupled with their poor record against the Magpies in recent times, makes this a real danger game for them. Collingwood 1-39

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