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Where: Spotless Stadium, Blacktown
When: Saturday August 23 – 7.40am (BST)
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The Giants are coming off the back of a record-breaking win over a hapless Melbourne outfit last week and will go into its game against the struggling Magpies full of confidence.
It can’t get much worse for Nathan Buckley’s side, but a loss to GWS would be catastrophic.
Numerous injuries have hurt Collingwood in the past few weeks and following their disastrous loss to the Lions last week, the casualty list looks even worse.
Dayne Beams and Ben Reid have been ruled out for the rest of the season, while forward Travis Cloke won’t feature unless the Magpies reach the finals.
The Giants played their whole second half with just one fit player on the bench last week, making their win all the more remarkable.
The loss of Jonathan Patton to an ACL injury is a cruel blow, while the Giants will also need to replace Callan Ward who misses with a calf injury sustained at the MCG last Sunday.
Despite its injury and form issues, Collingwood need to win this to stay in contention for September football.
Leon Cameron’s side will put up a good fight, but the Magpies should have enough to claim a win here.
1. Collingwood has won both games against GWS to date, but it was a close run thing last time around. The Giants led at half-time and trailed by just two points at the last change before falling away.
2. The Giants will sorely miss Jeremy Cameron following his season-ending ankle injury. He has kicked nine goals in two games against the Pies, including a club-record seven last year.
3. Collingwood will need to work hard on its foot skills in the lead-up to next season. This year, the Magpies are ranked 17th with 71 per cent disposal efficiency and are fourth in clangers with 46.6 per game.
4. GWS has a 3-4 record at home this season. The club started with consecutive home wins in 2014, but since round 10, it has lost four out of five, with the one victory coming against Carlton in round 14.
5. Following a strong start to the season, which had them right in top-four calculations, the Pies have fallen away badly. Since round 13, they are ahead of only Melbourne and St Kilda on an AFL form ladder, conceding 99 points per game in that stretch.
6. Captain Scott Pendlebury continues to lead the Pies in the Official AFL Player Ratings, ranked second to Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett. GWS counterpart Callan Ward leads his side in 21st position.