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Ben Darvill 06 Sep 2023
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Melbourne Demons and the Collingwood Magpies (Getty Images)
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Collingwood vs Melbourne Demons Tips


Minor premiership winners Collingwood are looking to make doing the double a whole lot easier this week by beating Melbourne Demons on Thursday in the Qualifying Final. 
  • Collingwood vs Melbourne Demons Tips
  • Head to Head
  • Collingwood Form 
  • Collingwood Team News
  • Collingwood Team List
  • Melbourne Demons Form 
  • Melbourne Demons Team News
  • Melbourne Demons Team List

The Demons were one of the form sides in the competition heading into the finals, and they will have every chance of downing Collingwood on Thursday. But I'm backing the Pies to edge a tight affair. 

Head to Head


The Demons secured a stunning 66-62 win over Collingwood earlier in the campaign, with this ending a run of three wins in a row for the Magpies. 

In their last 10 meetings, the Demons have won three times while the Magpies have won seven matches. 

Collingwood Form 


Collingwood ended the season inconsistently, with two wins coming alongside three defeats in their final five. 

A 124-100 loss to the Brisbane Lions in their penultimate game threatened to derail their shot at topping the ladder, but they bounced back with a stunning 101-31 win over the Essendon Bombers in their final game. 

Now, the Magpies need to find a way to come good when it matters most. Winning the regular season is all well and good, but can they avoid a tough semi-final by winning this one? 

Collingwood Team News


Defenders Darcy Moore and Nathan Murphy return from injury, while Beau McCreery is back following his suspension. 

Billy Frampton, John Noble and Jack Ginnivan are all dropped.

Collingwood Team List


B: N.Murphy, D.Moore, I.Quaynor
HB: O.Markov, B.Maynard - C, S.Pendlebury, 
C: S.Sidebottom, T.Adams, J.Daicos
HF: B.Hill, B.Mihocek, J.Howe
F: J.Elliott, D.McStay, J.De Goey
FOLL: M.Cox, B.McCreery, J.Crisp
I/C: D.Cameron, P.Lipinski, W.Hoskin-Elliott, T.Mitchell

Melbourne Demons Form 


The Melbourne Demons finished the home and away season very strongly as they won seven of their final eight matches including their last two of the campaign. 

Their 77-56 win over the Sydney Swans was hardly pretty, but they once again got the job done in a pressure situation against a good side. 

It was enough to finish fourth on the ladder.

Melbourne Demons Team News


Bayley Fritsch has won the race to fit after suffering another issue with his foot, but Ben Brown's knee injury keeps him on the sidelines for now

Jake Melksham's ACL injury means he is unavailable but the Dees regain Michael Hibberd and Tom McDonald.

Melbourne Demons Team List


B: M.Hibberd, J.Bowey, S.May
HB: J.McVee, J.Lever, A.Brayshaw
C: K.Pickett, J.Viney, E.Langdon
HF: L.Hunter, T.McDonald, A.Neal-Bullen
F: T.Sparrow, J.van Rooyen, K.Chandler
FOLL: M.Gawn - C, C.Oliver, C.Petracca
I/C: J.Smith, T.Rivers, B.Fritsch, C.Salem

Verdict

I am backing Collingwood to squeeze past the Demons in this one. While the Dees have been in good form, I believe the minor premiership winners will prove too good.

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