MCG will play host to Saturday's Round 11 AFL game between Collingwood Magpies and Geelong Cats. The game kicks off at 1:45 pm with Geelong Cats heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Collingwood Magpies vs. Geelong Cats game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Saturday May 29, 2021 at 1:45 pm
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Collingwood Magpies vs Geelong Cats Odds
Collingwood Magpies vs Geelong Cats Preview
Expectations have been recalibrated for Collingwood in recent weeks and many pundits and punters have admitted at overrating the depth and overall talent of the Pies.
The pressure was somewhat relieved for Nathan Buckley as his team went extremely close to knocking off one the premiership favourites in Port Adelaide in round 10.
It was far from the prettiest game of football to watch with Collingwood intent on playing ‘keepings off’ for the majority of the football game, something that came unstuck late in the game.
It is no surprise that the Pies lead the competition in uncontested possessions and while they have scored the fourth least amount of points, they have also conceded the eighth amount of points going the other way.
Geelong were challenged early against the Gold Coast Suns at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday but ran away clear winners by 34 points in the end.
Mitch Duncan was subbed out of the game with concussion and Cameron Guthrie was nursing a shoulder injury but played out the game.
The patience that Geelong has shown with Quinton Narkle seems to be paying off as the midfielder gathered a career high 34 possessions, adding depth to an already very deep midfield group that will at some stage welcome the return of Brownlow Medalist Patrick Dangerfield.
Don’t expect this to be a high scoring and exciting game of football with both coaches putting a premium on controlling the football for long periods of time.
Collingwood have actually won two of the last three games between these two sides.
Just like their game against Port, I expect Collingwood’s defensive press to hold through the first half but fade late in the game.
Collingwood Magpies vs Geelong Cats Teams
B: Mayne, Roughead, Maynard
HB: Quaynor, Moore, Noble
C: Hoskin-Elliott, Daicos, Poulter
HF: Sidebottom, Cameron, Pendlebury
F: De Goey, Mihocek, Bianco
FOLL: Grundy, Sier, Crisp
I/C: Brown, Madgen, Murphy, Wilson
EMG: Keane, Kelly, Macrae, Rantall
IN: Bianco, Sier, Madgen
OUT: Brown, McCreery, Thomas, Adams (all injured)
B: Henderson, Blicavs, Henry
HB: Bews, Stewart, Kolodjashnij
C: Smith, Guthrie, Menegola
HF: Parfitt, Cameron, Atkins
F: Higgins, Hawkins, Rohan
FOLL: Ratugolea, Narkle, Selwood
I/C: Tuohy, Holmes, Dalhaus, Close
EMG: Constable, Clark, Guthrie, Stanley
OUT: Duncan (injured), Guthrie (medical sub)