NAME: Collingwood Magpies – Geelong Cats
DATE: March 22, 2019
TIME: 08:50 UTC
VENUE: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne , Australia
My prediction for the match:
Collingwood Magpies to win for @1.64 in Marathonbet
My opinion about the game
Collingwood Magpies was in the Grand Final last year and they have young and fast team. They have good pre-season games (2 of 2) and are in good conditions to the start of new season.
Geelong won just 1 of 2 games (they loss to West Coast Eagles 65-99) and won just 2 of last 5 games agains Magpies.
I think the real odds is about 1.50 for Magpies and we can bet on this match because our pick is value bet.
Match preview from flashscore
The Collingwood Magpies, undoubtedly the surprise team of 2018 (falling less than five minutes short of claiming the sport’s ultimate prize), enjoy an MCG home ground advantage in round one when they host the Geelong Cats.
Not only were the Magpies given little chance of making finals prior to the start of last season, but there was a strong expectation that coach Nathan Buckley was not the right man to lead the club forward.
Six months later, and Collingwood were remarkably playing in a Grand Final with a buzz and excitement about a squad that boasts an impressive mix of experienced heads, along with a star studded group of emerging talent. With that, Buckley’s tenure now looks secured for the foreseeable future.
What a juggernaut the Geelong Football Club has been for more than a decade, having won three titles while missing the finals just once. But with a string of their star players reaching the twilight of their careers (Gary Ablett 35 years old, Joel Selwood 31, Tom Hawkins 30 and Harry Taylor 32), their Premiership window is fast closing.
While a sprinkling of youth was injected through the draft, it seems the club’s off season strategy (with the recruitment of a couple of mature bodies in the Swan’s Gary Rohan and Bulldog’s Luke Dahlhaus) was focused more on keeping alive that window one more season.
This an intriguing early season game for both teams in a match-up between a team obviously on the rise, and a team that is hanging onto the hope of one more deep September push, inspired by some club legends.
Players to watch: After four seasons with the Lions, Dayne Beams returns home to the Magpies to finish his career. Rumour has it the 29-year old has burnt the house down during the off season as he looks to secure himself a starting midfield role.
Tim Kelly (Cats) was easily the club’s find of the season last year, tying for second in the Best and Fairest award. With his highly publicised trade request to Perth failing to eventuate, will he be able to refocus on his footy?
Stat attack: Geelong have not scored more than 100 points against Collingwood in their last ten H2H match-ups.
Not since 2012 have Collingwood had successive finals campaigns.
Brodie Grundy led the competition last year in fantasy points, averaging 130.42 per match.
Sources of this article: www.flashscore.com and www.sofascore.com
Upd: Geelong won the match