AFL – Collingwood v Carlton – Free Preview

AFL – Collingwood v Carlton – Free Preview

AFL – Round 2 – 2013
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Round 2 Tips:

Richmond
Sydney
Fremantle
North Melbourne
Port Adelaide
Adelaide
Essendon
Collingwood
Hawthorn

Collingwood v Carlton

MCG Sunday 7th April 3:20pm AEDST

RECENT HEAD TO HEAD AND ATS HISTORY

R15 6/07/2012 MCG Collingwood 62 lt Carlton (+31.5) 85
R3 9/04/2012 MCG Carlton (-1.5) 122 d Collingwood 62
R17 16/07/2011 MCG Carlton (+37.5) 79 lt Collingwood 98
R3 8/04/2011 MCG Collingwood (-23.5) 102 d Carlton 74
R18 31/07/2010 MCG Collingwood (-29.5) 105 d Carlton 57
R6 2/05/2010 MCG Carlton 102 lt Collingwood (-11.5) 155
R17 24/07/2009 MCG Carlton 40 lt Collingwood (-4.5) 94
R8 17/05/2009 MCG Collingwood 53 lt Carlton (-14.5) 104
R12 15/06/2008 MCG Collingwood 89 lt Carlton (+19.5) 119
R4 13/04/2008 MCG Carlton (+24.5) 111 d Collingwood 88
R18 4/08/2007 MCG Carlton 96 lt Collingwood (-32.5) 120
R7 12/05/2007 MCG Collingwood (-15.5) 119 d Carlton 95

Two old rivals, teams guaranteed to play each other twice per year. Its a disgrace. Anyway that aside, Collingwood holds a 7-5 SU record over Carlton since the start of 2007. The two teams are 6-6 ATS with Carlton Covering the line the last 3 games.

Collingwood has injuries but they have depth. They are missing key players but as they showed last week their depth is fantastic. Last year the Blues beat the Pies twice because they smashed them in the middle. The Malthouse factor looms large as well. We saw Freo beat St Kilda as underdogs last year in Lyons first game at the helm of the Dockers after leaving the saints, While two years ago the Dons beat the Cats as 41.5 point outsiders when Mark Thompson quit the Cats for an assistant role at the Bombers. Some personelle has changed, the game plan has been tweaked, however Micks knowledge may give the Blues an edge here.

My problem is that is is hard to see the Blues kicking a winning score. They showed last week they struggled to contain Richmond generating scoring shots from inside 50s and the likes of Swan and Pendelbury should be able to match the classy Blues midfield unit to a point, enough to generate a score. With a forward line that might struggle against a well drilled Pies defence I dont really want to take that risk. How the Blues set up under Mick Malthouse is also of interest. If they play like they did in the second half last week they will probably win. I cant bet the Blues until i see some consistency and how they are faring under MM. However I do think the pies are probably unders here.

Tip: Collingwood
Bet: No bet.

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