Australian Football League Fremantle Dockers vs Collingwood Magpies Live Stream Free, AFL 2018 Regular Seasons Week 23 AFL Live Stream. Fremantle Dockers vs Collingwood Magpies match will be kickoff at Optus Stadium, Perth, WA, Australia, Saturday 25 August 2018 online, 16:35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The interest in this game will centre around Collingwood and their quest to lock in a top four spot. The Magpies have defied what is a massive injury list to rise up the ladder this season and a win will see them safely secure the double chance.
They are $1.16 favourites to achieve the feat in early markets with BetEasy and come off a big win against Port Adelaide by 51 points at the MCG in Round 22.
In the same round, Fremantle suffered one of their worst losses in recent years, going down to Geelong by 133 points. The Dockers led the Cats at quarter time but failed to score another goal and conceded 23 in the process.
Ross Lyon’s side have won just eight games this season, six fewer than Collingwood. Nervous Magpies fans can point to the Dockers handy record at Perth Stadium but it is hard to see an upset happening here.
The Magpies have an A-grade midfield and plenty of dynamic forwards that are in form. They lead the competition for total disposals and use the ball well, ranking 3d for efficiency. They are also in the top handful of sides for a number of other measures including clearances, hitouts and marks, while the Dockers languish towards the bottom.
Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury and Taylor Adams should find plenty of the ball in the middle, while Jordan de Goey, Will Hoskin-Elliot and Jaidyn Stephenson will ensure the Pies kick a winning score.
That trio sit in the top 20 of players for goals scored this season. Freo’s leading contributor in front of goals is Michael Walters with 22 for the year, ranking 45th in the competition.
A win for Collingwood will most likely see them end up in 3rd position with a return trip to Perth in a fortnight to take on West Coast in the Qualifying Final. A loss opens the door for others and they could slip out of the top four, depending on how other results go.
Fremantle may look to respond to their poor performance last weekend by dropping players. Cam McCarthy and Hayden Ballantyne are among those in the gun but their performance wasn’t helped by the lack of supply further up the ground in the loss to the Cats.
Collingwood may finally regain Jeremy Howe, who has battled a corkie and missed a month of footy. Alex Fasolo and Sam McLarty are among those with form in the VFL but may struggle to sneak their way in to the side.
The two sides last met in Round 11 this season and on that occasion it was Collingwood by 61 points at the MCG.
The Magpies have won the past three between the two sides, including the Domain Stadium clash in Round 11 of 2017 by 20 points. This will be the first time they have played at Perth Stadium.
Fremantle have won seven of 12 at the venue in 2018. Collingwood have ventured interstate on four occasions this year for three wins.
B: Hamling, Johnson, Pearce
HB: Langdon, Wilson, Duman
C: B. Hill, Fyfe, Tucker
HF: Kersten, B. Cox, Neale
F: Ballantyne, Taberner, McCarthy
FOLL: Darcy, S. Hill, Mundy
I/C: Switkowski, Sheridan, Grey, Cerra
EMG: Matera, Banfield, Meek, Hughes
IN: Hill, Tucker, Switkowski, Hamling
OUT: Walters, Nyhuis, Banfield, Giro
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: Appleby, Smith, Daicos, McLarty