AFL Round 19: Collingwood v Richmond Match Preview & Betting Tips

A top-four position is on the line when Collingwood and Richmond meet at the MCG on Friday night in a blockbuster clash.

Ryan Elliott
Tue, 23 Jul, 12:00 AM

Collingwood v Richmond - MCG - 7:50pm

A blockbuster at the ‘G on Friday night with top-four implications as 4th meets 5th in a fixture that could ultimately decide who enters September with the double chance.

The Tigers have flown back into top-four contention in recent weeks through four straight victories, culminating in a 38-point triumph over the Power at this venue last Saturday during which Jack Riewoldt and Tom Lynch each booted three majors. That result continued a trend which has seen 23 of Richmond’s last 24 matches at the MCG won by the favourite. However, that one upset was Collingwood’s monumental 97-58 Preliminary Final victory last season.

The Magpies have since backed up that result by defeating the Tigers by 44-points in Round 2. Even so, Collingwood’s current form doesn’t instil confidence in a repeat occurring; the Magpies have now lost three of their last four outings after suffering a crushing 47-point defeat to the Giants in Sydney during Round 18, but that one win came when they were big outsiders in Perth a fortnight ago, a tag they will again carry into Friday night.

 

Key Stat: Collingwood has won its last four Friday night matches when starting as an underdog.

 

Tip: Collingwood

Best bet: Either team under 15.5

Value bet Collingwood 1-39

*Odds correct at time of posting

 

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