|Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs AFL Betting Odds and Game Info|
|AFL betting odds||Collingwood $2.10 at Sportsbet | Bulldogs $1.78 at Bet365|
|When||Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:50pm AEDT|
|Where||MCG – Melbourne, Victoria|
|Last time they met||Western Bulldogs 5.4.34 – Collingwood 13.8.86 (R1, 2020)|
|Watch live||Seven, Fox Footy, Kayo|
Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs betting preview
The wait is over for footy fans, and round one of the 2021 AFL Premiership season ramps up with a glorious Friday night feature between Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs at the MCG.
The AFL fixture makers could not have scripted it any better, as Adam Treloar will clash with his old Magpies teammates for the first time following an acrimonious exit in the last trade period.
Both these sides are well and truly pushing for a spot in the finals, meaning early-season matchups like these could play a big role in deciding the top eight down the track.
Key matchup: Darcy Moore vs Aaron Naughton
The matchups in the midfield are all important, but we think this pairing up the ground will have the biggest impact on the outcome of the match. Aaron Naughton has played the Magpies three times in his career, but he has only managed one goal against them. Darcy Moore held him to just two touches in their most recent clash, and it looks like they will go toe-to-toe once again this Friday. Given that record, Naughton looks a little short at $1.53 with online bookmakers to kick multiple goals in this one.
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Collingwood Magpies betting info
Having won their last four matches against the Bulldogs, Nathan Buckley’s Magpies are in a better position than most of the chat about them would suggest. They won last season’s opening match by 52 points with Adam Treloar and Jaidyn Stephenson both out of the team, so their absence this season will not make a huge difference.
- Brayden Maynard
- Jordan Roughead
- Jack Madgen
- Jack Crisp
- Darcy Moore
- Jeremy Howe
- John Noble
- Scott Pendlebury
- Tyler Brown
- Jamie Elliott
- Brody Mihocek
- Will Hoskin-Elliott
- Josh Daicos
- Mason Cox
- Josh Thomas
- Brodie Grundy
- Taylor Adams
- Jordan De Goey
- Oliver Henry
- Isaac Quaynor
- Trey Ruscoe
- Brayden Sier
- Callum Brown (Emg)
- Darcy Cameron (Emg)
- Levi Greenwood (Emg)
- Nathan Murphy (Emg)
- Coach: Nathan Buckley
Western Bulldogs betting info
Stefan Martin’s presence in the ruck should somewhat quell Brodie Grundy, who has monstered Tim English in the past. The entire midfield brigade looked exceptional in the preseason with five players eclipsing 30 disposals in a comfortable win over Melbourne, so you should look to parlay disposal-related legs into your same-game multi.
- Marcus Bontempelli
- Josh Bruce
- Tim English
- Josh Dunkley
- Aaron Naughton
- Bailey Smith
- Lachie Hunter
- Adam Treloar
- Patrick Lipninski
- Anthony Scott
- Alex Keath
- Taylor Duryea
- Caleb Daniel
- Ryan Gardner
- Bailey Williams
- Stefan Martin
- Jackson Macrae
- Tom Liberatore
- Bailey Dale
- Lachlan McNeil
- Mitch Wallis
- Laitham Vandermeer
- Josh Schache (Emg)
- Zaine Cordy (Emg)
- Rhylee West (Emg)
- Jason Johannisen (Emg)
- Coach: Luke Beveridge
Magpies vs Bulldogs betting predictions
Caleb Daniel to get 25+ disposals
Even though Caleb Daniel is not part of the Bulldogs midfield core, he gets the footy across half-back just as much as they do. With the new man-on-the-mark rule being implemented for 2021, we can expect the little ball-magnet to rack up plenty of footy this season. Daniel had over 30 disposals in his two 2019 clashes against the Pies, while he had 20 touches last year in shortened game-time.
Caleb Daniel 25+ disposals
Oliver Henry to kick a goal
Collingwood will be debuting its first pick from the 2020 draft, as Oliver Henry was given the nod from Bucks during the week. The young forward did not have a big impact in his practice match against Richmond, but he showed excellent signs against the Cats in a private hitout a week prior. The kid is quick and strong in the air, and he will provide X-factor for the Pies up forward.
Oliver Henry to kick a goal
Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs same-game multi
Even without Steele Sidebottom in the midfield, we think the Magpies will cause the first upset of 2021. The Bulldogs have not beaten the Pies since 2017, and even when the Doggies’ midfield was dominant, Collingwood found a way to win. Jordan De Goey will be explosive in the middle and up forward, while the Pies backline looks too strong to score freely against.
Collingwood 1-39 / De Goey 2+ goals / Daniel 25+ disposals
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