West Coast vs Collingwood AFL Finals Tips, Prediction & Preview

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West Coast vs Collingwood Tips

Itโ€™s been a season full of ups and downs for both sides with so much promise, however, they find themselves in a do-or-die elimination final on Saturday night.

West Coast Eagles vs Collingwood Magpies free AFL tips, predictions and preview โ€“ The Eagles havenโ€™t lost at home all season.

West Coast vs Collingwood Tips

West Coast vs Collingwood Match Details

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Competition: AFL
๐Ÿ—“ Date: Saturday October 3
โฐ Time: 8:10pm AEST
๐ŸŸ Stadium: Optus Stadium

West Coast vs Collingwood 2020 Form

West Coast (LWLWW)

  • R14: Richmond 88-61 West Coast
  • R15: West Coast 60-45 Essendon
  • R16: Western Bulldogs 49-47 West Coast
  • R17: St Kilda 50-65 West Coast
  • R18: North Melbourne 34-49 West Coast

Collingwood (WLWL)

  • R14: Carlton 48-72 Collingwood
  • R15: Brisbane 42-34 Collingwood
  • R16: BYE
  • R17: Collingwood 68-46 Gold Coast
  • R18: Collingwood 45-61 Port Adelaide

West Coast vs Collingwood Head to Head (last five matches)

St Kilda have won three of the last five matches against the Bulldogs.

  • R8 2020: West Coast 111-45 Collingwood
  • R17 2019: West Coast 77-78 Collingwood
  • R3 2019: Collingwood 76-98 West Coast
  • GF 2018: West Coast 79-74 Collingwood
  • QF 2018: West Coast 86-70 Collingwood

West Coast vs Collingwood Preview and Prediction

The Eagles were shaky last time out against the Kangaroos. Whilst, the Magpies were promising in 16-point defeat against ladder leaders Port Adelaide.

It was a slog for West Coast in a low scoring affair against North Melbourne, however, they showed resilience without star forward Josh Kennedy for the second half with the half-back line holding strong.

Andrew Gaff led the Eagles from the middle of the ground, finishing the match against North Melbourne with 26 disposals, five intercepts and four centre clearances.

The Eagles will be relieved they secured a home elimination final because their away form has been dreadful, winning just 50% of their away matches juxtaposed to the 100%-win rate of their home matches.

With Josh Kennedy almost a certainty to return, the Eagles will hold a significant ariel benefit in the forward half, an area Collingwood are weakest at in the defensive half coming up against the marking powers of Kennedy, Jack Darling and Oscar Allen and Liam Ryan.

Meanwhile, Collingwoodโ€™s loss to Port Adelaide means they match up against the West Coast Eagles, a team who has got the better of them in recent finals appearances, including the 2018 Grand Final.

Despite getting dominated in the clearances against the Power, the Magpies were able to transfer the ball from defence to attack efficiently, a strong highlight from that match was their ariel ability, however, the Eagles have the tools to nullify that.

Taylor Adams was the best for the Magpies against the Power, finishing the match with 26 disposals, 11 tackles and six clearances

Collingwood will have to have a brilliant start to the game in an attempt to limit the impact the crowd can have on the Eagles confidence and momentum. You can expect Collingwood to start the game with fast handball chains.

I believe the Eagles should win this match very comfortably.

West Coast vs Collingwood Team News

Josh Kennedy, Luke Shuey and Jeremy McGovern are looking positive for a much-needed return on Saturday. Jamie Cripps is also available after returning from the birth of his first son.

Collingwood have a lot of selection ideas to consider with Chris Mayne, Callum Brown, Darcy Cameron and Brayden Sier all viable candidates for an inclusion after strong match and training performances.

The two sides last met in Round 8 which saw West Coast demolish the Magpies by 66 points.

Eagles vs Magpies Stats

  • Josh Kennedy has kicked 20 goals in his last eight games against Collingwood
  • The Eagles havenโ€™t lost at home all season
  • West Coast defeated Collingwood by 11 goals earlier in the season
  • Collingwood are ranked 14th in the competition for points scored

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