MCG will play host to Friday's Round 21 AFL game between Melbourne Demons and Collingwood Magpies. The game kicks off at 7:50 pm with Melbourne Demons heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Melbourne Demons vs. Collingwood Magpies game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Friday August 5, 2022 at 7:50 pm
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Melbourne Demons vs Collingwood Magpies Odds
Melbourne Demons vs Collingwood Magpies Preview
The Dees will have revenge in mind for the second week in a row after knocking off Fremantle by a convincing 46-point margin last Friday night in Perth.
Three goals each from Bayley Fritsch and Kozzie Pickett saw the reigning premiers avenge their previous loss to the Dockers, and Melbourne fans will be hoping for more of the same against a Collingwood outfit that prevailed by 26 points when they met back in Round 13.
That win was part of Collingwood’s ongoing streak, one that stretched to 10 in a row last week with a narrow victory over Port Adelaide.
The Pies have arguably been the best fourth-quarter team in the competition this year, but they do have some injury concerns with Jeremy Howe suffering a head knock, and Taylor Adams still awaiting scans.
Like last year, the Dees have health on their side, which should come in handy against a Pies team that has been applying relentless tackling pressure all season.
Simon Goodwin’s side will also have a point to prove against another finals contender after losing to Geelong and the Bulldogs over the last month.
A big win on the road over Freo should do wonders for their confidence, but when it comes to playing Collingwood, it’s fair to say the Dees have come off second-best.
The Pies have won four of the last five encounters, and they’ll have the added support of the Collingwood Army in front of what might be the biggest crowd of the season so far.
Narrow wins by no more than a goal over their last three games has to make punters nervous, but the Pies keep finding a way to dig deep and rally when it matters most.
This game will go a long way to determining who finishes second and third, but on form, the Pies covering in another thriller looks the play.
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Melbourne Demons vs Collingwood Magpies Teams
B: Rivers, Petty, May
HB: Jordon, Lever, Hibberd
C: Brayshaw, Oliver, Hunt
HF: Pickett, Fritscg, Langdon
F: Neal-Bullen, Brown, Spargo
R: Gawn, Viney, Petracca
I/C: Salem, Jackson Melksham, Sparrow
EMG: Harmes, Tomlinson, van Rooyen, Chandler
OUT: Weideman (omitted), Chandler (sub)
B: Murphy, Moore, Howe
HB: Pendlebury, Maynard, Quaynor
C: J.Daicos, Crisp, Noble
HF: Elliott, Cameron, Sidebottom
F: McCreery, Mihocek, DE Goet
FOLL: Cox, N.Daicos, Lipinski
I/C: Carmichael, Johnson, Hoskin-Elliott, Ginnivan
EMG: Bianco, Henry, C.Brown, kelly
OUT: Adams (injured), Bianco (omitted)