Collingwood Magpies vs. Western Bulldogs
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Collingwood Magpies vs. Western Bulldogs
2018 premiership odds:Collingwood Magpies: $21 @ CrownBet.com.auWestern Bulldogs: $151 @ CrownBet.com.au
Form guide:Collingwood Magpies: WLWLWWestern Bulldogs: LWWWL
Round 9 result:Collingwood Magpies: Win over St Kilda, 72-100Western Bulldogs: Loss to Adelaide, 63-26
Friday, 25th May, 7:50 pm AEST, 2018, Etihad Stadium, Watch on the Seven Network and on the Fox Footy Network.
Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs will fight to keep their 2018 AFL finals campaigns alive when they open up Round 10 at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
While the form of both sides has been patchy over the last month, it’s the Bulldogs who will enter the game with confidence over its opponent, having beaten the Magpies in their last five encounters.
Can Collingwood break its Bulldogs drought and sneak into the eight?
Nathan Buckley’s men come into the match after a hard-fought and scrappy 28-point victory over St Kilda at Etihad last week. Jordan de Goey was the hero with six goals, while captain Scott Pendlebury returned from an ankle injury to record a classy 30 disposals.
Unfortunately the story was far worse for the Doggies in Adelaide. They failed to kick three goals for the match and ended with two goals and 14 behinds, which inevitably cost them in the end as they lost by 37 points.
Punting on this match will be very interesting because the Pies are hot favourites. With so much value sitting on the Bulldogs, it will be important you do your research ahead of this match.
Here’s what we have identified as potential value for Friday night’s brilliant match.
Collingwood Magpies vs. Western Bulldogs Round 10 – Total Points Tips
Last round against the Saints, Collingwood scored 100 on the dot, a score that would pay out on this bet. We predict that a similar situation will occur again this week, except the Pies will just be able to do it, mainly due to the Bulldogs’ tight defence. Jordan de Goey will fire again and propel the Pies’ score right up near the 100 mark.
60 Points or less @ $4.50 with Sportsbet
With such a hobbled forward line coming up against one of the in-form defences in the league, we do not see the Doggies kicking a strong score. Matt Scharenberg is in the best form of his career and is proving his worth to all the Pies faithful, averaging 21 disposals and seven intercept possessions — freeing up the likes of Jeremy Howe, Tom Langdon and Sam Murray to hurt teams going the other way. Dogs head coach Luke Beveridge doesn’t have enough fire power up forward this week and we think the Dogs will suffer a similar fate to last week’s match.
Collingwood Magpies vs. Western Bulldogs Round 10 – Winning margin per Quarter Tips
Collingwood to win by 9-16 @ $4.60 with Ladbrokes
Winning quarters goes under the radar in terms of importance to a team. Nathan Buckley will be adamant that the Pies get off to a good start after slowly getting out of the blocks against the Saints last week. The Bulldogs also had a massive score at the end of the opening term last week — a grand total of three points. If the match goes the same way as last week, the Magpies will effortlessly win the opening quarter and get off to a flying start in the match.
Similar to the first quarter, The Pies were relatively hopeless at scoring in the final term last round. This week against a young Bulldogs backline, the Woods will need to come home with a bang if they plan on securing the match. The Doggies have a quality midfield, but when it comes to key position stocks they struggle.
Collingwood Magpies vs. Western Bulldogs Round 10 – Sutton-Rose Medal Tip
Brodie Grundy @ $8.50 with CrownBet
Collingwood’s most valuable player and the man who would be close to leading their best and fairest award so far is the big ruckman, Brodie Grundy. Grundy has solidified himself as one of, if not the best ruckman in the land, putting his name in contention for All Australian honours. Who is the Bulldogs ruckman in this match? Jordan Roughead simply isn’t a ruckman that can compete with the best of the best, leading us to believe that Grundy will have a field day similar to the performance he displayed against the Crows in round four. Whenever the Bulldogs attempt to put Dunkley or Bontempelli in the ruck, it will just be a free hit-out to Grundy. The $8.50 he is paying to be best on ground provides real value here.
Magpies vs. Bulldogs Match Predictions
Match Result: Collingwood to Win @ $1.41 with William Hill
Line betting: Western Bulldogs +16.5 @ $1.91 with William Hill
Collingwood will break its drought against the Bulldogs at Etihad this Friday night. The Pies will ride the momentum they acquired last week and find a victory by scrapping in out against one the best midfields in the league.
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