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Collingwood vs GWS Giants Predictions & Tips - Injury hit Giants tipped for defeat

  • Collingwood vs GWS Giants predictions for Saturday's AFL Round 4 match
  • The match is being played at the MCG (10.25am BST)
  • Collingwood have seen 130 points or less in 3 of their last 4 matches against Giants
  • GWS Giants have lost their last 5 matches and are tipped for another
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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GWS Giants are winless and injury-hit (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 09 Apr 2021
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Collingwood vs GWS Giants Predictions


The Magpies are looking for redemption for the last time these two faced at the MCG back in 2019 when GWS Giants won to reach the Grand Final. 

This year, the Giants are in an injury crisis, are struggling for goals and the Pies are tipped to cover the handicap in a low scoring contest.

  • GWS Giants beat the Collingwood Magpies the last time they met at the MCG in the 2019 Preliminary Final.
  • GWS Giants have lost their last 5 matches.
  • GWS Giants have lost 5 of their last 6 away matches.
  • GWS Giants have given up the second-most inside 50s this season.
  • Collingwood have seen their last 9 matches at the MCG go under the total match points.
  • Collingwood have seen 130 points or less in 3 of their last 4 matches against GWS Giants.

Head-to-Head


Collingwood have a slender record against the Giants, winning six of their 11 meetings. 

The Giants have won four of the last five matches including the most recent clash last year, winning 66-64 at Giants Stadium. 

The Magpies lost the last meeting at the MCG in the infamous 2019 Preliminary Final. Collingwood missed out on a Grand Final match against historic rivals Richmond due to the Giants upset. 

Collingwood Form


Round 3 begun with the Magpies falling after the siren to the Brisbane Lions 73-72 in an epic match. 

Ruckman Brodie Grundy had a historic night, obtaining 54 of the possible 67 hit-outs, but it wasn't enough to get the Pies home. 

Concerning for the Magpies was the fact they had just seven marks from the 53 times they entered inside 50 against the Lions. 

Collingwood now sit 11th on the ladder with a 1-2 record, but are firm favourites to level the ledger.

Collingwood Team News


It will be a record-breaking night with captain Scott Pendlebury set to play his 201st game at the MCG, highest amongst all active and past players. 

Coach Nathan Buckley names an unchanged side for the match against the Giants. 

Collingwood Team List


B: B.Maynard, J.Roughead, I.Quaynor
HB: J.Madgen, D.Moore, J.Howe
C: J.Crisp, S.Pendlebury, C.Mayne
HF: J.Daicos, B.Mihocek, J.De Goey
F: W.Hoskin-Elliott, M.Cox, J.Thomas
FOLL: B.Grundy, T.Adams, S.Sidebottom
I/C: C.Brown, B.McCreery, J.Noble, B.Sier
EMG: T.Brown, D.Cameron, L.Greenwood, T.Ruscoe

GWS Giants Form


The Giants are one of two sides that are winless in 2021 and they sit 17th on the ladder with an 0-3 record.

The Giants were decimated by injuries on the weekend, especially to their leadership group. 

They lost Matt de Boar, Phil Davis and captain Stephen Coniglio in a 102-68 defeat to the Melbourne Demons.

The Giants are facing a loss of up to 874 games in experience even if Harry Perryman returns from his illness. 

Toby Greene does seem to be one of the only bright stars for GWS Giants as he looks in career best form. 

GWS Giants Team News


Stephen Coniglio, Phil Davis and Matt de Boar all look set to miss months of playing time at the least. 

Harry Perryman is still missing as he battles with illness, adding some much-needed height in the backline. 

Jake Riccardi, Jeremy Finlayson, Shane Mumford and Conor Stone all come into the Giants side.

GWS Giants Team List


B: S.Taylor, L.Keeffe, M.Buntine
HB: I.Cumming, N.Haynes, C.Idun
C: J.Kelly, T.Green, L.Ash
HF: T.Taranto, T.Greene, J.Finlayson
F: B.Hill, H.Himmelberg, B.Daniels
FOLL: S.Mumford, J.Hopper, C.Ward
I/C: J.Buckley, C.Stone, J.Riccardi, X.O’Halloran
EMG: N.Shipley, K.Briggs, R.Angwin, Z.Sproule

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Verdict

The Giants are in the bottom three for goals scored per match and are severely inexperienced against a relatively injury free Collingwood side.
 
Collingwood are tipped to win a low scoring battle.

Best Bet: Under 158.5 Points Total Points @-112.36 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Collingwood -26.5 Handicap @-109.89 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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