AFL Live Collingwood Magpies vs Port Adelaide Power Live Streaming Free 2018 Regular Seasons week 22 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Saturday 18 August 2018 online, 13:45 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Collingwood claimed their Round 21 clash against the Brisbane Lions by 31 points with that performance snapping a two game losing streak. The Magpies now sit in 5th spot on the ladder with two rounds to go and are just half a win behind 3rd placed GWS.
They face a Port Adelaide lineup that come off a heartbreaking loss last weekend. The Power battled injuries to key players during the game but couldn’t hang on, going down to West Coast by four points, courtesy of a goal after the siren to the Eagles’ Jeremy McGovern.
That loss means that the Power will need to win at least one or even both of their remaining home and away games to make the finals. They are now 8th on the ladder with the likes of Geelong and North Melbourne breathing down their neck.
Collingwood appear to have the advantage in a number of areas in this game. They average more disposals, contested possessions, marks and hitouts, while they have also been the superior attacking side in 2018.
Port Adelaide rank higher for clearances and are similar for inside 50s but they will have to do it without their focal point in attack in Charlie Dixon, who damaged his ankle.
Paddy Ryder is another in doubt and his possible absence will free up Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy, who is among the leading ruckmen in the game. Ollie Wines, Jared Polec and Brad Ebert are some of Port’s midfielders that will need to lift and they take on the likes of Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury and Taylor Adams in that part of the ground. That trio rank in the top 35 for average disposals this season.
A win for Collingwood may seem them as high as 3rd position at the conclusion of the round, while a loss could see them as low as 7th. Port could finish anywhere from 5th to 10th.
Collingwood have some big names on the sidelines and a number of those are done for the season. Jeremy Howe is edging closer to a return but Adam Treloar is still a few weeks away.
Charlie Dixon’s absence for Port Adelaide might open a few doors but the Power are expected to go with a small forward line. Sam Powell-Pepper, Jack Hombsch and Riley Bonner are all rated as a chance to return to the side.
Port Adelaide have won the past three against Collingwood and two of those have been held at the MCG. Last year, the Power prevailed by 27 points at the Adelaide Oval in Round 21 and in Round 14 it was a 31 point margin at the MCG.
Robbie Gary booted seven goals in those two games, while Chad Wingard and Travis Boak were also solid contributors. Steele Sidebottom found plenty of the footy for Collingwood in the two games.
Port have ventured to the MCG just once this year for a win over Carlton. Collingwood are seven from 13 at the venue in 2018.
B: Maynard, Langdon, Crisp
HB: Murphy, Madgen, Greenwood
C: Varcoe, Pendlebury, Phillips
HF: Hoskin-Elliott, Mihocek, De Goey
F: Thomas, Cox, Stephenson
FOLL: Grundy, Adams, Sidebottom
I/C: Sier, Aish, Mayne, Oxley
EMG: Blair, Brown, Daicos, McLarty
B: Howard, Hombsch, Houston
HB: Pittard, Jonas, Byrne-Jones
C: Motlop, Wines, Polec
HF: Boak, Watts, Wingard
F: Rockliff, Westhoff, Farrell
FOLL: Ryder, R. Gray, Ebert
I/C: Johnson, Bonner, Lienert, S. Gray
EMG: Thomas, Frampton, Trengove, Snelling
IN: Hombsch, Bonner
OUT: Dixon, Clurey