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Collingwood vs Essendon Bombers Predictions & Tips - Pies to continue ANZAC Day dominance

  • Collingwood vs Essendon Bombers predictions for Sunday's AFL Round 6 match
  • The match is being played at the MCG (6.20am BST)
  • Collingwood have won 5 of their last 6 ANZAC Day matches
  • The Pies are tipped to win by 1-39 points
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Collingwood and Essendon will play off in the ANZAC Day match (Getty)
Justin Darcy 24 Apr 2021
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Collingwood vs Essendon Bombers Predictions


The traditional ANZAC Day match will be played on Sunday afternoon with the Bombers taking on the Pies in what is expected to be a ripping match.

Collingwood have a fantastic record in this showpiece match, winning 5 of the last 6. They are the bet once again to take ANZAC Day honours.

  • Both sides are 1-4 for the season.
  • Collingwood have won 4 of the last 5 matches against Essendon Bombers.
  • Collingwood have won 5 of their last 6 ANZAC Day matches.

Head To Head


Collingwood hold the recent head-to-head record 4-1 from the last five matches, with the loss coming in July last year when the Bombers came away 15 point winners.

The Bombers dominated the second and third quarters of the match and ran out 63-48 winners.

Collingwood Form


Collingwood will feel hard done by to have only won the one match for the season.

But since their heartbreaking after the siren loss to Brisbane Lions, they have been a touch below their best.

They played GWS right as the Giants struck some form, and then the West Coast Eagles in Perth where they are undefeated this season.

The big occasion on Sunday will suit the Pies.

Collingwood Team News


Collingwood are hit by injuries with Jordan De Goey missing due to concussion, along with injured Hugh Greenwood, Chris Mayne and Jeremy Howe, who will miss a month with a hamstring injury.

Mark Keane is suspended and the Pies make a sixth change with Brayden Sier left out.

Will Hoskin-Elliot, Will Kelly, Nathan Murphy, Trey Ruscoe and Jay Rantall coming in. The latter makes his AFL debut.

Brody Mihocek has been cleared of any damage after a slight shoulder injury last week.

Collingwood Team List


B: B.Maynard, J.Roughead, W.Kelly
HB: J.Crisp, I.Quaynor, J.Noble
C: N.Murphy, S.Pendlebury, W.Hoskin-Elliott
HF: D.Cameron, D.Moore, B.McCreery
F: C.Brown, B.Mihocek, J.Thomas
FOLL: B.Grundy, J.Daicos, S.Sidebottom
I/C: T.Ruscoe, J.Rantall, F.Macrae, J.Madgen
EMG: T.Brown, M.Cox, C.Poulter, B.Sier

Essendon Bombers Form


Essendon were mauled by the Lions in Brisbane last week with ex-Bomber Joe Daniher the star of the show.

Prior to last week's defeat, the Bombers were good against the Sydney Swans only beaten late in the game. 

They recorded a monster win over St Kilda in Round 3 which put their first win on the board for the season.

Essendon Bombers Team News


Jordan Ridley is the big loss to the Dons after concussion last week and Zach Reid is also missing. Alex Waterman, meanwhile, is left out.

Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and Andrew Phillips comes into the Essendon side.

Essendon are still months away from putting their best side on the park with multiple injuries and issues througout the club, but last year's best and fairest winner will be throughly missed this week.

Essendon Bombers Team List


B: M.Guelfi, B.Zerk-Thatcher, A.Francis
HB: N.Hind, D.Heppell, J.Laverde
C: A.Perkins, Z.Merrett, N.Cox
HF: A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, C.Hooker, K.Langford
F: B.Ham, J.Stringer, D.Smith
FOLL: A.Phillips, A.McGrath, W.Snelling
I/C: M.Redman, D.Parish, P.Wright, H.Jones
EMG: D.Zaharakis, N.Cahill, A.Waterman, T.Cutler

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Verdict

Recent history does not favour the Bombers. I'm tipping Pies to win this one by 1-39 points.

Best Bet: Collingwood 1-39 Winning Margin @120.00 at Unibet - 3 Units

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