Collingwood will enter this 2022 AFL season clash with confidence after winning ANZAC Day in a thrilling encounter.
Gold Coast, on the other hand, will have to overcome the disappointment of another Q Clash failure against the Lions.
The Suns have nowhere to hide on the sprawling MCG, so will they be ready for battle on Sunday?
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Collingwood vs Gold Coast Betting Tips
MCG, Sunday, April 1, 1:10 p.m. (AEST)
Injuries: Brodie Grundy (out), Jamie Elliott, Charlie Dean, Nathan Kreuger (out), Nathan Murphy, Jordan Roughead, Trey Ruscoe
Speaking of big outs… Collingwood has lost one of the premier ruckman in the league in Brodie Grundy to a knee injury for an extended period of time.
Collingwood is just inside the top eight with an even 3-3 record, which is probably a good reflection of their season. Consistency hasn’t always been there, but when the Pies turn it on, they’re entertaining to watch, much more than in years past. New recruits Nick Daicos and Pat Lipinski were at the forefront of Collingwood’s pursuit of faster football, while Scott Pendlebury’s move to halfback was a masterstroke. The MCG is a valuable home advantage in this upcoming clash with Gold Coast, which has limited experience on the ground.
Injuries: Joel Jeffrey, Ben King, Bodhi Uwland, Josh Corbett (out), Wil Powell (out)
The Suns regained Jack Lukosius this week, leaving them with a relatively clean bill of health, barring the significant absence of Ben King.
The blowout is back on Gold Coast after a few defeats, leaving them at 2-4 after six rounds. While their position isn’t ideal, the Suns have been more competitive overall this season and are certainly developing, even if it’s a slow build-up indeed. Continuity in Matt Rowell’s play has been encouraging, as has Jarrod Witts’ return, and Noah Anderson is having a career best year. A game against a major club at the MCG is an important test for the Suns, who must demonstrate this week that they can thrive outside their comfort zone.
Gold Coast triumphed in the final clash between these two teams in the MCG, beating the Pies by 24 points. That will give them confidence, as will the fact that they have already tamed a Victorian powerhouse in season 2022.
Collingwood won’t mind that though as they are a new team this season led by Craig McRae. The Pies will have a raucous home crowd by their side and should be too strong, even if they lack some high wood.
All in all, I can tell this is a tight competition, so the Gold Coast line appeals to me. That said, I’ll take Collingwood 1-39.
$2.00 (2 units)
De Goey has played less time forward this season, mainly as a midfielder, but he still has the ability to score a bag of goals, as seen in his four-goal run against Brisbane. With Kreuger gone, the Pies may be looking for a reliable anti-aircraft target, so JDG could be the man to swing forward.
Jordan De Goey 2+ Goals ($2.05 at TAB)
Anderson has hit 25 disposals in four out of six games so far this season and is in the shape of his life. As a running midfielder, the MCG should suit his game and Collingwood is unlikely to pay much attention to him.
Noah Anderson 25+ Divestments ($1.90 at TAB)
Casboult has scored three goals twice this year and will face a substandard Collingwood backline on a ground he knows well.
Levi Casboult 3+ Goals ($3.00 at TAB)