Five Reasons to Watch: Sydney v Collingwood – AFL 2019 Round 10

Round Ten is upon us once again and Bozza tells us why we should tune in on Friday night to Sydney and Collingwood.

A pair of heart stopping victories sees the Swans full of confidence ahead of a Round Ten meeting with the in-form Pies. For Collingwood, they will be hoping for a four quarter effort as they chase their seventh consecutive victory.


Last Five Meetings

2018Rd 20Syd11. 7 (73)Coll10. 11 (71)SCG39,238
2017Rd 3Coll11. 14 (80)Syd11. 13 (79)SCG35,310
2016Rd 1Syd18. 25 (133)Coll7. 11 (53)SCG33,857
2015Rd 20Syd13. 9 (87)Coll10. 16 (76)SCG38,408
2014Rd 2Coll12. 17 (89)Syd10. 9 (69)TS32,347

Sydney has won three of the last five matches between the two sides but, despite 10 being played in Sydney, Collingwood has won six of the last 11.


Five reasons to watch

Are the Pies due for a loss?

Collingwood come into the match on the back of a six game winning streak. Over the last fortnight they have been seriously tested by teams they were expected to easily account for. With Taylor Adams, Mason Cox, Darcy Moore and Will Langdon all likely to miss, will it be third time unlucky against the Swans?


Can Hewitt continue to thrive?

George Hewitt has proven to be more than just a run with player this year, and took this to a new level against the Kangaroos in Round Nine. Almost unbelievably, he won 20 contested possessions and nine clearances in a stunning performance for the Swans. While he will no doubt be faced with the prospect of curbing a Magpie star, whoever he lines up on will have their own concerns in keeping Hewitt in check too.


Sibling Spearheads.

Ben Reid has been a revelation since his recall to the Collingwood side in recent weeks. His brother Sam has not had as enjoyable time for the Swans over the same period but will potentially loom as a game breaker against the Pies. AFL.com.au has predicted the brothers to each kick bags and, given the clearance winning capabilities of both teams it is far from the realms of possibility.


Brodie Grundy.

The Collingwood ruckman’s form has him in the player of the year conversation at this early stage of the season. Callum Sinclair will be no pushover, but expect Grundy to have a massive say in proceedings.


Sir Doug Nicholls Round Celebrations.

The AFL’s annual celebration of indigenous players and culture will commence with Sydney and Collingwood’s battle for the Marn Grook Trophy. Both teams have specially designed jerseys for the occasion as do the umpires as the football world recognises the impact that Australia’s First People have had on the national game.


The Verdict

The Swans will do all in their power to make this game a hard slog for their more fancied opponents. While these efforts have been successful against the Bombers and Kangaroos in recent weeks, it is hard to see them having a similar impact against the high flying Magpies.

Collingwood will win by 26 points.


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