AFL Finals Week Three: Collingwood v GWS Preview & Betting Tips
Can the Giants pull off the upset and reach their first ever AFL Grand Final or will the Pies set up an all Victorian decider?
Collingwood v GWS - MCG - 4:35pm
Set for their second September meeting at the MCG, Collingwood and GWS will do battle for a place in the 2019 Grand Final. It was the Magpies who won their semi-final matchup last season by a 69-59 scoreline. Jordan De Goey booted a match-high three goals on that evening, however, won’t be available this time around due to the hamstring injury he sustained in Collingwood’s 10-point victory over Geelong two weeks ago. Levi Greenwood will also be missing from the lineup after suffering an ACL injury in the victory.
The Giants will be without their own match-winner on Saturday, with Toby Greene’s suspension for unnecessary contact to the eyes upheld. Greene played a pivotal role during his side’s thrilling 83-80 victory over Brisbane last week, recording 30 disposals and two goals. Furthermore, he was similarly dominant (27 and two goals) when GWS defeated Collingwood by 47-points at GIANTS Stadium in July. Without Greene and potentially an ill Lachie Whitfield, the visiting Giants may struggle to reach the same heights, especially when considering they have won just three times at the MCG in club history and never in a final.
Key Stat: GWS has a 3-15 W/L record at the MCG
Best bet: Collingwood 1-39
Value bet: GWS +19.5/Under 145.5
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