The two premiership favourites face off against each other in a growing rivalry on an epic return to football on Thursday.
Collingwood Magpies vs Richmond Tigers free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Richmond have won 7 of the previous 10 meetings between the two clubs as they face each other on Thursday.
Collingwood vs Richmond Tips
Collingwood vs Richmond Match Details
?? Competition: AFL
? Date: Thursday June 11
⏰ Time: 7:40pm AEST
? Stadium: MCG
Collingwood vs Richmond 2020 Form
R1: Western Bulldogs 34-86 Collingwood
R1: Richmond 105-81 Carlton
Collingwood vs Richmond Head to Head (last five matches)
Richmond have won 7 of the previous 10 games against Collingwood
- R19 2019: Collingwood 66-98 Richmond
- R2 2019: Richmond 66-110 Collingwood
- PF 2018: Richmond 58-97 Collingwood
- R19 2018 Richmond 105-77 Collingwood
- R6 2018: Collingwood 70-113 Richmond
Magpies vs Tigers Tips, Preview and Prediction
The Tigers and Magpies return to football in an empty MCG after the AFL’s hiatus due to the looming coronavirus pandemic.
Reigning premiers Richmond started the season with a comfortable win over bitter rivals Carlton whilst the Magpies dominated the Dogs keeping them to a merely 34 points.
The Tigers started off as they left the 2019 season but looked shaky in the second half against the Blues conceding nine goals to their five. Dion Prestia starred for the Tigers with 25 disposals and a goal.
The Pies dominated the middle against the Dogs having 13 more clearances thanks to an outstanding performance from Taylor Adams, who finished with 12 clearances.
Richmond are ranked 1st in the Champion Data rankings overall whereas Collingwood sit 3rd.
The battle of the midfield will be one to look out for as both clubs pose a threat and flair out of the centre, the matchup of Darcy Moore and Tom Lynch could be a crucial one, Lynch kicked five majors the last time these sides met.
It’s looming as a close encounter, but I’m backing Richmond to edge it.
Collingwood vs Richmond Team News
Collingwood will miss Mason Cox for the season re-starter with a knee injury with new recruit Darcy Cameron set to make his club debut in Cox’s place. Star forward Jaidyn Stephenson will also miss the clash against Richmond after an interrupted summer as he finds his way back into the team.
Meanwhile, Jack Higgins has been named to play his first AFL game in 364 days for Richmond after recovering from brain surgery.
All-Australian Bachar Houli is looking likely to play for the premiers after struggling with a calf issue. The Tigers are weighing the option of playing two rucks as they did in their round 1 win against the blues.
The sides last met in Round 19 last season which saw the Tigers prevail by 32 points. The tigers won 87% of their games at the MCG last season whereas the Magpies only won 63%.
Collingwood vs Richmond Best Bet