Collingwood Magpies: 2nd
West Coast Eagles: 3rd
Collingwood Magpies: $8.50
West Coast Eagles: $8.00
Collingwood Magpies: WWWWW
West Coast Eagles: WLLLW
Round 16 Result:
Collingwood Magpies: Win over Essendon, 62 – 78
West Coast Eagles: Win over GWS, 86 – 75
One side has an abundance of returning stars, while the other continues to shuffle the decks after an suffering more injuries than any other side in the competition.
The Eagles will hope to welcome back twin forwards Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy this week, while backman Tom Barrass and clever small forward Marc LeCras could all come back to wreak havoc on Collingwood’s key position stocks.
Despite heading the ‘games lost due to injury’ ladder, Collingwood has continued to surge up the ladder, sitting second with 11 wins from it’s 15 games.
After returning to the VFL last week, Darcy Moore and Travis Varcoe are a chance to make a return to enhance the club’s push for a home final. Darcy Moore especially, with his height and defensive capabilities, will be needed to counter Kennedy and Darling.
If the Eagles win this match they will usurp the Magpies’ position on the ladder, but a loss could see the team once favoured to win the flag fall right out of the top four. The surging Magpies, coming all the way back from 13th last season, will have one eye on solidifying its top-two position and maintaining an incredible seven-game winning streak that has shocked the football world.
There’s a lot at stake here in what could be a preview to a future final come September.
Let’s take a look at the tips we have provided for the match of the round.
Collingwood Magpies vs. West Coast Eagles Round 17 – First to Tips
First team to 15 Points
Over the course of the season the Magpies have been inconsistent in opening quarters. There have been matches where Nathan Buckley’s men pile on the early goals and look irresistible, and others where they leave the heroics for later in the game. On Sunday we see the Woods starting off on the right foot, being the first team to 15-points in this match. West Coast, playing its second game at the venue for the season, may start slowly in front of a hostile crowd and much-colder conditions than they’re use to in Perth.
4th Quarter first team to 15 Points
Collingwood Magpies @ $1.53
Collingwood has built its game around a good fitness base that allows them to score late and overrun their opponents in the second half. When the fourth quarter begins, Willie Rioli and the younger West Coast players might be out of steam, but Collingwood could be gaining steam.
Collingwood Magpies vs. West Coast Eagles Round 17 – Disposal Tips
Scott Pendlebury to get 30 Disposals @ $2.00
Last week was a great week for the Collingwood skipper. 34 disposals and the maximum 10 votes in the Coaches’ MVP Award. We expect Scott to continue to stand up each week while his injured teammates recover. Since Adam Treloar’s hamstring injuries three weeks ago, Pendlebury has proven he still is one of the best players in the league. Unless Mark Hutchings goes to him early, Scott Pendlebury will easily notch up 30.
Jack Redden to get 25 touches @ $1.91
Since his move from the Lions to the Eagles, Jack Redden has been a great servant to his new club. Redden plays primarily as an inside midfielder who can push forward at times. The attention Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff receive from opposition stoppers allows Jack to sneak under the guard. We expect that story to repeat itself on Sunday.
Collingwood Magpies vs. West Coast Eagles Round 17 – Both teams to score Tip
Both teams to score 70+ total points @ $1.73
This weekend looks to one of Melbourne’s few sunny weekends for the entirety of winter, meaning conditions should be prime for a higher-scoring contest. Two of the premier ruckman in the competition, Brodie Grundy and Nic Natnui, will provide cleaner clearance opportunities, leading to a faster-paced game and more scoring.
Magpies vs. Eagles Match Predictions
Match Result: Collingwood Magpies to Win @ $1.46
Line Betting: Collingwood Magpies -15.5 @ $1.92
If all of the gun West Coast players happen to get up for this match the Pies will be in trouble, but either way they will win the encounter and make their way to eight consecutive wins.
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