WHEN: Saturday July 21, 1:45pm
WHERE: MCG, VIC
LAST TIME: Hawthorn 20.17 (137) d Collingwood 16.19 (115), round one, 2012, at the MCG
B: Heritier O’Brien, Nathan Brown, Chris Tarrant
HB: Nick Maxwell, Ben Reid, Alan Toovey
C: Ben Sinclair, Dale Thomas, Jarryd Blair
HF: Scott Pendlebury, Chris Dawes, Heath Shaw
F: Dayne Beams, Travis Cloke, Tyson Goldsack
Foll: Darren Jolly, Dane Swan, Steele Sidebottom
I/C: Tom Young, Alex Fasolo, Paul Seedsman, Jamie Elliott
Emg: Martin Clarke, Simon Buckley, Caolan Mooney
In: Tom Young, Paul Seedsman
Out: Martin Clarke, Simon Buckley
B: Kyle Cheney, Stephen Gilham, Benjamin Stratton
HB: Matt Suckling, Josh Gibson, Grant Birchall
C: Clinton Young, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis
HF: Brendan Whitecross, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Gunston
F: Paul Puopolo, Jarryd Roughead, Cyril Rioli
Foll: David Hale, Shaun Burgoyne, Brad Sewell
I/C: Liam Shiels, Luke Breust, Thomas Murphy, Isaac Smith
Emg: Max Bailey, Shane Savage, Bradley Hill
What our experts say:
Collingwood vs Hawthorn
This should be an epic game of football. Hawthorn finally moved into the top four with their 72-point smashing of the Western Bulldogs. More importantly, they boosted their percentage to 157, nine per cent greater than the next best, Sydney.
Collingwood continue to impress, and their emphatic win over Geelong on Friday night was one of their best of the season. They should be concerned with their percentage however. At 121.6 it is by far the worst in the top six.
In such an even season – Sydney, West Coast, Adelaide, Collingwood and Essendon all seem to have been inseparable for weeks and now Hawthorn have joined them – percentage will make a massive difference come season’s end.
Hawthorn by 15
SC – Dayne Beams (Coll), Sam Mitchell (Haw)
Collingwood ($1.98) vs. Hawthorn ($1.87):
Surely this will be a great contest. I do wish Buddy was playing! There has been plenty of money to say the Pies will walk away victors here and there price has been crunched from around the $2.20 mark early in the week. There have been no significant personnel changes and both teams appear happy with their lists. Third and fourth on the ladder respectively, with no obvious advantage to either team on recent form, I’m forced to go with my instincts on this one.
Suggested bet: Pies to win @ $1.98