AFL Live Richmond Tigers vs Collingwood Magpies Live Streaming Free 2018 Regular Seasons week 19 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Saturday 28 July 2018 online, 13:45 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Any fear of a premiership hangover for the Richmond Tigers has been quickly eradicated after just five rounds. The Tigers are showing that 2017 was no fluke. They play fast, with aggression and most importantly, immense pressure.
The Tigers are breaking new ground and old stereotypes with every passing week. They are on top of the AFL ladder for the first time since 1995 and for the first time since sports betting has been legal in Australia, Richmond are premiership favourites.
The Tigers have won 11 consecutive games at the MCG, a streak that dates back to Round 13, 2017. During that 11-game span, the Tigers have an average winning margin of 38.9 points and have held their opponents to an average of just 61 points.
Both Richmond and Collingwood are coming off short breaks, having both been involved in the Anzac Eve and Anzac Day games. The Tigers do get the extra day’s rest, having played on the Tuesday Night.
The Tigers simply demolished Melbourne after quarter-time, running away 46-point winners. It was a scrappy first-quarter, with only three goals kicked for the term. After that, it was all Richmond, with the Tigers kicking 13 goals to seven.
The pressure from the Tigers was immense. This made for a hard-fought contest that included a combined 342 contested possessions and 157 tackles.
Collingwood was also involved in a tight first-quarter tussle before streaking away with a dominant 49-point victory on Anzac Day. The Pies were made to work in the first-term, but limited a stagnant Essendon to just one goal between quarter-time and three-quarter time.
The Pies are surprisingly many so far this season, including myself who had them well out of the top-eight at the start of the season. The Pies have now won three matches in a row, with wins over Carlton, Adelaide and Essendon.
The one worry I have about Collingwood is, they were beaten convincingly in Clearances by Essendon (34-25) and 26-11 at Stoppages. That stat obviously didn’t amount to anything on the day, however, if they allow Richmond to rack up those clearances, we will see a vastly different result on Sunday.
There were mumbles that Jamie Elliott could return in Round 6 against the Tigers, however, he isn’t in the selected team and must wait another week. Jarryd Blair returns for the Pies. Nick Vlastuin, Josh Caddy and Jack Graham are all In’s for the Tigers. With those inclusions, goalsneak and future colt hero at the Tigers Jack Higgins is back on the extended bench and is in danger of being dropped again.
Richmond has won four of their last five games against Collingwood, including a 91-point victory in Round 21, 2015. While the Tigers are looking for their 12th consecutive victory at the MCG, the Pies are looking for their fourth consecutive win for the first time since 2015.
Although I’ve been impressed with Collingwood in the last three weeks, Richmond is a different kettle of fish. I have the Tigers clearly in a class of their own after five weeks of Football and It’s going to take a terrific effort by the Pies to stay close to the in-form Tigers on Sunday.
B: Astbury, Rance, Grimes
HB: Short, Vlastuin, Broad
C: Grigg, Cotchin, McIntosh
HF: Rioli, Lambert, Castagna
F: Townsend, Riewoldt, Caddy
FOLL: Nankervis, Prestia, Martin
I/C: Edwards, B. Ellis, Baker, Higgins
EMG: Lloyd, Garthwaite, Naish, Stengle
IN: Townsend, Baker
OUT: Moore, Menadue
B: Maynard, Moore, Crisp
HB: Howe, Scharenberg, Langdon
C: Mayne, Pendlebury, Phillips
HF: Hoskin-Elliott, Mihocek, Varcoe
F: Thomas, Cox, Stephenson
FOLL: Grundy, Adams, Sidebottom
I/C: Daicos, Murray, Brown, Greenwood
EMG: Oxley, Madgen, J. Smith, McLarty
IN: Moore, Brown
OUT: De Goey, Sier