WHEN: Sunday June 3
WHERE: MCG, VIC
LAST TIME: Collingwood 19.15 (129) d Gold Coast 11.9 (75), round 18, 2011, at Metricon Stadium
B: Heritier O’Brien, Nathan Brown, Marley Williams
HB: Alan Toovey, Nick Maxwell, Martin Clarke
C: Simon Buckley, Dale Thomas, Jarryd Blair
HF: Alex Fasolo, Chris Dawes, Ben Sinclair
F: Dayne Beams, Travis Cloke, Tyson Goldsack
Foll: Darren Jolly, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom
I/C: Alan Didak, Sharrod Wellingham, Cameron Wood, Tom Young, Kirk Ugle, Paul Seedsman, Jamie Elliott
In: Nathan Brown, Cameron Wood, Tom Young, Kirk Ugle, Paul Seedsman
Out: Heath Shaw (Calf), Lachlan Keeffe (Knee)
Gold Coast Suns
B: Jeremy Taylor, Matthew Warnock, Daniel Stanley
HB: Sam Iles, Rory Thompson, Joel Wilkinson
C: Michael Rischitelli, Karmichael Hunt, Alex Sexton
HF: Harley Bennell, Tom Lynch, Andrew McQualter
F: Campbell Brown, Sam Day, Luke Russell
Foll: Tom Hickey, Dion Prestia, Gary Ablett
I/C: Alik Magin, Trent McKenzie, Matt Shaw, Josh Caddy, Seb Tape, Aaron Hall, Kyal Horsley
In: Luke Russell, Trent McKenzie, Tom Hickey, Aaron Hall
Out: Zac Smith
What our experts say:
Collingwood vs. Gold Coast:
Six on the trot now and Collingwood are firmly back in everyone’s sights. Most betting agencies have them equal or outright favourites for the flag, and while they aren’t playing the unstoppable football they once did, they are building ominously.
For the still winless Gold Coast, it’s nervous times. They’re desperate for their first win of the season but it certainly won’t come this week. Their biggest problem this season has been a lack of four-quarter performances. They aren’t running games out.
This weekend marks the beginning of a laid-back few weeks for the Magpies. They play Melbourne in the Queens Birthday clash next week, before a week off, and then it’s back to the big time against West Coast. Heading into the break 9-2, after starting 1-2, is a huge win.
Collingwood by 70
SuperCoach – Dane Swan (Coll), Gary Ablett (GC)
Max Prophet, Footy Punter
Collingwood ($1.01) vs. Gold Coast ($17):
The Pies just win this one. With only the Suns and Demons between them and the bye there is a small chance they may take the foot off the pedal too early. Yet, their team is somewhat unsettled and I suspect quite a number of them will be playing for a regular spot in the team, which should bring with it the right attitude. The Suns seem to have suffered considerably from their defeat at the hands of the Giants, having since lost to the Dogs (6 goals) and Power (8 goals). I don’t give them any hope here.
Suggested bet: Pendlebury to gather the most possessions (no market yet)