Geelong Cats v Collingwood Qualifying Final Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Pies to upset the Cats

Adam Cusworth 30 Aug 2019
  • The Cats take on the Magpies in front of a full house at the MCG on Friday night. 
  • Here is our preview of their Qualifying Final clash. 

The first of the two AFL Qualifying Finals sees Geelong take on Collingwood in front of what should be a massive crowd at the MCG on Friday September 6.

First bounce is at 7.50pm AEST and all the action can be seen on Channel 7 and Foxtel.

Match Preview


Geelong finished the home and away season on top of the ladder with 16 wins, while Collingwood ended in 4th position with 15 victories for the season. 

The two sides were the pacesetters in the early parts of the season before producing some inconsistent performances after the mid season bye. However, they head into this with good recent form. 

Geelong have won two of their past three and their loss in that time period was by a solitary point over Brisbane at the GABBA. The Cats come off a 68 point win over Carlton. Collingwood have won four on the trot and were 11 point winners over Essendon in Round 23. 

Both sides have a host of midfield stars and the battle in this part of the ground will be absorbing. Tim Kelly and Patrick Dangerfield are a couple of Geelong's mids that gained All Australian selection but Collingwood are likely to get first use of the footy via Brodie Grundy in the ruck. 

The Magpies also have a number of match winners up forward including Jamie Elliot, who heads in with good form but Geelong conceded fewer points than any other side in the league this season and Elliot and co will need to be at their best. 

Selection News


Jake Kooldjshnij is a likely inclusion for Geelong, while Tom Atkins is another that is expected to be available. 

Collingwood are confident of regaining Darcy Moore with the key defender expected to overcome a hamstring injury. Jaidyn Stephenson and Jordan de Goey are likely to return. 

Match Odds


Geelong $1.72
Collingwood $2.10

* correct odds at time of writing


The two sides last met in Round 1 this season and it was Geelong that scored a seven point win. Tim Kelly and Patrick Dangerfield were among the better players for the winners, while Jamie Elliot booted three goals for Collingwood. 

Geelong have won their past three against the Magpies. The last time the two sides met in a final was when the Cats took out the Grand Final in 2011 by 38 points. Since then however, Chris Scott's side have battled in September, winning just three of 12. Collingwood have won three of seven in the same time period. 

Prediction and Tips


Collingwood loom as value in the head to head betting and come in with good form. If they are able to effectively manage the return of some big names into the forward line, they can take this one out. 


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Geelong Cats v Collingwood Qualifying Final Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Pies to upset the Cats

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