Collingwood will be looking to put a tumultuous week off the field on Sunday as they take on GWS. The Pies are doing well in the finals, so expect a lot of believers to come to the MCG to support their team.
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Collingwood vs GWS betting tips
MCG, Sunday, June 26, 3:20 p.m. (AEST)
Injuries: Jordan De Goey (personal), Brodie Grundy, Nathan Kreuger, Jack Madgen, Reef McInnes, Tom Wilson
Jordan De Goey is the standout for Collingwood this weekend, withdrawing from the squad after receiving criticism from all sides.
Collingwood enters the latter part of the season in a great position bearing in mind pre-season expectations. Players perform superbly all over the park, Nick Daicos flying as the Rising Star favorite while Darcy Cameron fills a ruck hole the size of Brodie Grundy with aplomb. The little attackers get it done too – Jack Ginnivan, Jamie Elliott and Oliver Henry make a deadly combination. Things should only get better for the Pies, who will regain All Australian ruckman Grundy in a few weeks for a potential finals campaign.
Injuries: James Peatling (out), Ryan Angwin (out), Bobby Hill, Leek Aleer, Jack Buckley, Finn Callaghan, Brent Daniels, Josh Fahey, Jacob Hopper, Daniel Lloyd, Conor Stone
Peatling and Angwin have been added to an already long injury list, but the Giants will be bolstered by the inclusions of Tim Taranto and Phil Davis.
Mark McVeigh’s Giants are entertaining, but they still fail to put wins on the board. The season is over as far as final ambitions go, but at least GWS can still draft a blueprint for how they want to play in the future. It was great to watch the infinitely talented forwards of Toby Greene and Jesse Hogan score 10 goals last week, and the men in orange will be hoping those efforts can be repeated for the rest of the year.
Until last week’s media storm, I was confident in tipping Collingwood.
However, scandals off the field are not unknown to a playgroup, and I feel a definite opportunity here for the Giants to register an upset.
GWS has won the last three encounters between these two sides, one of which was in the MCG, which is usually an intimidating location for interstate teams.
In fact, historically, the Giants have had some decent performances on the ‘G. In addition, Davis and Taranto’s inclusions are key to their structure and leadership on the field.
As such, I tip the underdog.
Darcy Cameron was outstanding as the #1 ruckman in Collingwood and will face a team with no recognized ruck this week. He has hit 15+ disposals in both of his last two games.
Darcy Cameron 15+ Divestments ($1.72 at Ladbrokes)
All three previous encounters between these teams have gone below this line and 2-5mm of rain is forecast for Sunday in Melbourne. If you want to get greedy, consider a custom line with about 150 points for value.
Less than 165.5 points total ($1.88 at TAB)