Watch AFL Live West Coast Eagles vs Collingwood Magpies Live Streaming Free 2018 AFL Playoff Seasons Finals Week 01 Online, match will be kick off at Optus Stadium, Perth, WA, Australia, Saturday 08 September 2018 online, 20:20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Both sides have exceeded pre-season predictions and rank similarly in a number of areas. They have the same win-loss record of 11-4 and their points scored and points conceded are also eerily similar.
Collingwood have been posted favourite in the head to head betting on the back of the home ground advantage and some superior recent form. The Magpies have won their past seven games, while West Coast have lost three of their past four.
However, those losses came in the absence of a number of key players that may return from injury this weekend. Last Sunday, they were able to knock over GWS by 11 points at Perth Stadium.
On the same day, Collingwood proved to be too good for their old rivals, Essendon, by defeating the Bombers by 16 points in front of 70,000 fans at the MCG.
In that game, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom and Taylor Adams found plenty of the footy, while Jordan de Grey booted three goals.
Look for that quartet to be prominent once again. Collingwood rank No.1 in the competition for total disposals, while West Coast are just 16th. The Eagles will need the likes of Andrew Gaff and Elliot Yeo to produce big games in the middle, while Shannon Hurn and Jeremy McGovern will be out to curb the Magpies forward thrusts with their intercept marking.
McGovern has played as a forward in recent weeks but may be swung back with Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling likely to return from injury.
Collingwood have a lengthy injury list and Flynn Appleby is the latest casualty. The good news is that Darcy Moore and Travis Varcoe look ready to return.
West Coast may regain some big names with Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling and Mark LeCras edging closer to a return from their respective injuries. Dom Sheed and Tom Barrass are others that are in the mix.
Collingwood have won the past two against West Coast and the last time the two sides met was in Round 18 of 2017 at Etihad Stadium. On that occasion the Magpies prevailed by eight points and it was Brodie Grundy that starred for the winners, while Jordan de Grey booted four goals.
It has been well documented that West Coast have a poor record a the MCG and they have won just three of their past nine at the venue. Two of those wins have come against Carlton. West Coast have not defeated the Magpies at the venue since Round 2 in 1995. Collingwood have won six of their 10 games at the home of footy in 2018.
B: Hurn, Barrass, Sheppard
HB: Cole, McGovern, Jetta
C: Hutchings, Yeo, Masten
HF: Redden, Darling, Cripps
F: Rioli, Kennedy, LeCras
FOLL: Lycett, Shuey, Sheed
I/C: Ryan, Duggan, Venables, Vardy
EMG: Allen, Schofield, Ainsworth, Ah Chee
IN: Kennedy, Jetta
OUT: Allen, Schofield
B: Maynard, Langdon, Crisp
HB: Howe, Goldsack, Varcoe
C: Treloar, Pendlebury, Phillips
HF: Hoskin-Elliott, Mihocek, de Goey
F: Thomas, Cox, Stephenson
FOLL: Grundy, Adams, Sidebottom
I/C: Sier, Aish, Mayne, Greenwood
EMG: Blair, Brown, Daicos, Madgen
OUT: Madgen, Murphy, Oxley