The Champs verse the challengers. Friday night at the MCG with 90,000 spectators. The winner through to the Grand Final. Doesn’t get any better than that.
Collingwood have enjoyed the week off and some could argue Geelong had a week off as well with their training run against Fremantle.
This game will be won or lost in the forward line. Both forward lines are suspect, but if either can function and more importantly convert their opportunities than that will decide the result.
The key for the Cats is David Wojcinski’s and Travis Varcoe’s ability to break the lines. The usual suspects of Ablett, Selwood, Bartel and Chapman will lurk dangerous as always but what will give the cats an edge is the run and carry of Wojinski and Varcoe. In particular, Wojcinski showed against Fremantle how damaging his blistering pace can be. He was clearly best on ground against the Dockers.
The key for the Pies is Travis Cloke, Harry O’Brien and Alan Didak. If Cloke can get hold of Harry Taylor, clunk a few marks and convert in front of goal then Collingwood will be in the box seat. Further, O’Brien’s daring run out of the backline and Didak’s creative best will be crucial for the pies’ fortunes.
Its going to be a ripping contest. Collingwood are fresh and are in hot form while Geelong know what is required when it comes to the crunch.
Collingwood by 5 points.