It's a do-or-die clash for the Magpie Army on Thursday as Collingwood face off against the Swans at the Gabba.
Collingwood have been put under the pump by the media after a terrible fortnight, after getting hammered by West Coast and losing in embarrassing fashion to the languishing Dockers.
Sydney got back on the winner's list two weeks ago against a poor Hawthorn outfit but were quickly brought back down to earth against a white-hot Saints outfit, losing by 53 points.
Both teams will be looking to bounce back after terrible performances last week, but for Collingwood, this is a game they simply have to win or their 2020 campaign could be over already.
Collingwood Form & Team News
Collingwood started the season in brilliant form, winning two of their first three and drawing against Premiership favourites Richmond, but with the loss of some important players, have fell into a whole in recent weeks.
They Beat the Cats with ease three weeks ago, but have struggled over the last fortnight, losing to both Western Australian sides in West Coast and Fremantle. Collingwood will be hoping their return to neutral ground in Queensland will allow them to find some form.
On the selection front – the Pies look likely to bring back Ben Reid for some added height into their forward line, with the likes of Josh Thomas, Chris Mayne, and Jaidyn Stephenson expected to be on the chopping block at match committee.
*Round 9 teams listed as Round 10 teams were unavailable at the time of previewing
FB: T. Varcoe, M. Keane, I. Quaynor
HB: B. Maynard, D. Moore, J. Noble
C: T. Phillips, J. Crisp, C. Mayne
HF: J. Stephenson, B. Mihocek, W. Hoskin-Elliot
FF: S. Sidebottom, D. Cameron, J. Elliot
FOL: B. Grundy, T. Adams, A. Treloar
I/C: J. Thomas, J. Daicos, B. Sier, J. Madgen
Sydney Form & Team News
Nothing has really gone right for Sydney in 2020, with them sitting in 17th place on the ladder. With the absence of superstars Lance Franklin, Josh Kennedy, and Isaac Heeney, they have found it hard to get their hands on the ball, and have found it even harder to score.
Sydney have won one of their last three games, with terrible losses against Gold Coast and St Kilda coming on either side of their narrow win against Hawthorn a fortnight ago.
It’s hard to know what John Longmire will do at the selection table. Nick Blakey, Sam Gray, and Lewis Taylor have been very poor in recent weeks and it wouldn’t be a shock to see them all omitted.
*Round 9 teams listed as round 10 teams were unavailable at the time of previewing
FB: J. LIoyd, D. Rampe, R. Fox
HB: C Mills, A. Aliir, W. Hayward
C: H. Cunningham, O. Florent, R. Clarke
HF: L. Taylor, T. McCartin, J. Dawson
FF: N. Blakey, S. Reid, E. Taylor
FOL: C. Sinclair, L. Parker, T. Papley
I/C: J. Rowbottom, S. Gray, M. Ling, J. Bell
Collingwood Vs Sydney Head to Head
Sydney narrowly hold the edge over Collingwood in recent times, winning three of their past five games.
The last three encounters between these two sides have been extremely close, with them being decided by seven points or less.
Collingwood vs Sydney Betting Odds
Collingwood have been installed as very heavy favourites at $1.36, whilst Sydney are the rank outsiders at $3.15.
The line has been set at -18.5 for Collingwood.
Collingwood vs Sydney Match Up
The battle that will decide this game will be that of Sam Reid and Darcy Moore. In this clash last year, when Moore was out of the team, Sam Reid kicked six goals in a 7-point defeat and arguably was best afield.
Moore has been sensational this season and at this point of the year, would definitely occupy one of the key defender spots in the All Australian team.
With inexperienced youngsters apart from Moore in the back 50, like Mark Keane and Jack Madgen, if Reid can get on top of the magpies superstar, it will go a long way to them causing the upset.
And similarly, with the Swans being bereft of key targets forward, if Moore can beat Reid, the Swans will find it very hard to kick a winning score.
Collingwood vs Sydney Key Statistics
- Collingwood rank 1st in hitouts per game this season
- Collingwood rank 2nd in least opposition points per game in 2020
- Sydney rank 16th in Points per game this season
- Sydney rank 17th in Hitouts per game this season