Collingwood get the chance to get their finals push back on track when they take on North Melbourne on Monday night. Beaten by 56 points by Melbourne Demons last week, the Pies need a big performance to revitalise their season. Will they provide the goods against the 17th-placed Kangaroos?
Collingwood Form & Team News
The Pies have a point to prove after going down 100-44 to the Demons in an upset. That lifeless performance followed below par efforts in the previous weeks as they lost to West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers and struggled to victories over the winless Adelaide Crows and Sydney Swans.
Collingwood are still in the midst of a long list of injuries and absentees, but they remain inside the top eight and can cement their place in the finals picture and jump up a place to seventh spot if they do win this one.
The Magpies lose Ben Reid and Brodie Mihocek, but Chris Mayne, Mason Cox, Levi Greenwood and Jordan Roughead are among the inclusions to strengthen Collingwood. Adam Treloar, Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe remain out.
The Collingwood line-up is:
B: J.Crisp, J. Roughead, J.Madgen
HB: B.Maynard, D.Moore, J.Noble
C: T.Phillips, S.Sidebottom, J.Daicos
HF: F.Appleby, D.Cameron, W.Hoskin-Elliott
F: J.Thomas, M.Cox, J.Elliott
FOLL: B.Grundy, T.Adams, S.Pendlebury
I/C: T.Varcoe, L.Greenwood, C.Mayne, T.Ruscoe
North Melbourne Form & Team News
North went agonisingly close to pulling off a major shock last weekend when losing 53-52 to Brisbane Lions. It is now three losses in a row for the Kangaroos, and only one win in the last 10 (over winless Adelaide) since Round 2.
There has been some encouraging displays during the time, coupled with some ordinary performances. Which Kangaroos side will turn up at the Gabba?
North Melbourne will still be without Ben Cunnington and Jack Ziebell among others, but Robbie Tarrant returns to face Collingwood.
The North Melbourne line-up is:
B: B.McKay, R.Tarrant, E.Vickers-Willis
HB: S.Atley, J.Walker, L.McDonald
C: T.Dumont, J.Simpkin, B.Scott
HF: S.Higgins, N.Larkey, C.Zurhaar
F: J.Mahony, T.Xerri, L.Hosie
FOLL: T.Goldstein, L.Davies-Uniacke, J.Anderson
I/C: M.Williams, P.Ahern, M.Wood, T.Murphy
Collingwood vs North Melbourne Head to Head
The last four matches between the Pies and Roos have been shared at 2-2, but North Melbourne won 81-37 last year despite heading into that game as heavy outsiders. The last four head to heads have all been decided by at least 40 points.
Collingwood vs North Melbourne Odds
Collingwood are $1.40 favourites to bounce back from last year's dismal showing. North Melbourne are the $3.10 outsiders with the line set at +15.5 points for the Roos.
Collingwood vs North Melbourne Stats
- Collingwood were beaten by 56 points last weekend.
- Collingwood have seen 12 of their last 15 matches go under the total match points line.
- North Melbourne have won 1 of their last 10 matches.
- North Melbourne has failed to cover the line in each of its last five night matches.