Australian Football League Live Collingwood Magpies vs St Kilda Saints Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 03 math will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium (MCG), Melbourne, Australia, Friday 17 April 2015 online, 19.50pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Collingwood Magpies and St Kilda Both teams are 1-1 after round two with the Saints coming off an impressive win over Gold Coast whilst the Pies are looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Adelaide.
Don’t expect too many changes from a winning St Kilda side with number one pick Paddy McCartin likely to be kept out of the side due to the Saints functioning forward line. Leigh Montagna could make a return whilst Tom Hickey, Elie Templeton and Hugh Goddard performed well in the VFL. The Magpies will need to make at least one forced change with Ben Sinclair out with a hamstring. Jordan de Goey, Nathan Freeman, Jarrod Witts and Sam Dwyer are close to getting a game whilst Ben Reid might be another week away.
The Pies rank last in marks and uncontested possessions per game and 2nd in clangers. On the flip side, they are 5th in tackles, second in contested possessions and second in marks inside 50. Whilst the Saints are fifth in marks and marks inside 50 per game and 14th in handballs. They look to retain possession of the ball by foot and try to pump it long and deep to aid their tall forwards.
Travis Cloke v Luke Delaney – the Pies key forward is struggling for form this season having managed just 3.2 through the first two games. He has kicked nine goals in last two games against the Saints and this could be just what he needs to kick start his 2015.
St Kilda and Collingwood have met 215 times with the Magpies leading 156-57 with two draws. The Magpies have won the last six matches between the two sides, which includes the 2010 Grand Final replay. St Kilda has not defeated Collingwood since round 3, 2010. Collingwood is 6-0 with one draw (4-2 against the line) in that period vs the Saints. Collingwood is 28-17 at the MCG under Nathan Buckley but only 17-28 against the line in those games. The Saints are 1-4 head-to-head (2-3 against the line) at the MCG since the start of 2013. Collingwood is 9-4 (8-5 against the line) in Friday night games since the start of 2013. The Saints have not won a Friday night game since round 20, 2011 – going 0-9 (2-7 against the line) in that period. The under total match score has saluted in 11 of the 18 games this year and seven of the nine games in round 2
The Saints have caught the eye with their two performances this year and I am happy to ride the hot hand here. At the time of writing, Wednesday, there is doubt surrounding the fitness of key Magpie midfielders Scott Pendlebury and Taylor Adams which is of a big concern as the Pies are already depleted in that area (no Sidebottom or Beams from last year’s team). The Saints showed they possess the desire, workrate and ability to put a winning score on the board in their victory over Gold Coast in round two and the Pies are no harder. Taking the points seems the logical decision.
B Alan Toovey, Nathan J. Brown, Marley Williams
HB Tom Langdon, Jack Frost, Jackson Ramsay
C Travis Varcoe, Dane Swan, Jack Crisp
HF Jamie Elliott, Jesse White, Tim Broomhead
F Tyson Goldsack, Travis Cloke, Jarryd Blair
FOLL Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Scott Pendlebury
I/C Sam Dwyer, Paul Seedsman, Adam Oxley, Corey Gault
EMG Darcy Moore, Patrick Karnezis, Jordan De Goey
IN Dwyer, Gault
OUT Fasolo, Sinclair (hamstring)
St Kilda Saints:
B Dylan Roberton, Luke Delaney, Sean Dempster
HB Shane Savage, Sam Fisher, Jarryn Geary
C Jack Newnes, Luke Dunstan, Cameron Shenton
HF David Armitage, Nick Riewoldt, Adam Schneider
F Jack Lonie, Josh Bruce, Tim Membrey
FOLL Billy Longer, Maverick Weller, Jack Steven
I/C Jack Billings, Nathan Wright, Ahmed Saad, Jack Sinclair
EMG Eli Templeton, Tom Curren, Paddy McCartin