2020 AFL – Melbourne vs Collingwood Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Melbourne vs Collingwood taking place? Saturday 15th August, 2020 – 08:10 (UK)

Where is Melbourne vs Collingwood taking place? Gabba, Brisbane

What television channel is Melbourne vs Collingwood on? In the UK, five matches each week will be televised on BT Sport and you can see their schedule here. For the TV channel in Australia, visit this link

Where can I stream Melbourne vs Collingwood? If the match is televised in the UK, then BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream it live via BT Sport Player. Additionally, those with a Watch AFL subscription can stream any 2020 AFL match live (outside of Australia). Those in Australia can stream any match live via AFL Live Pass

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne vs Collingwood? Click here for ticket information on 2020 AFL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE

  • Melbourne made it back-to-back wins thanks to a brilliant win over rivals North Melbourne as they improved to 5-5 and put themselves within touching distance of the top eight.
  • The Demons struggled in the opening quarter but fought back superbly to lead at the half and sealed their win with a huge performance in the final quarter in which they came out on top 42-1.
  • That resulted in a 92-35 success but they have still opted to change their line-up this week with Mitch Hannan and Trent Rivers dropped while Luke Jackson is out injured so Braydon Preuss, Jack Viney and Jay Lockhart come into the side.

COLLINGWOOD

  • Collingwood were given a scare by winless Adelaide Crows last week as they had to respond to a half-time deficit before fighting back to produce a strong second half showing which earned them a second straight win.
  • The Magpies were poor in the first half as they trailed 22-13 but they restricted the Crows to just 16 points in the second half as Collingwood scored 49 to come out 38-62 winners.
  • A better performance is required here but they will be without the injured Brayden Sier and Jordan Roughead whilst Tim Broomhead, Jaidyn Stephenson and Chris Mayne have been dropped so Ben Reid, Darcy Moore, Jamie Elliott, Scott Pendlebury and Will Hoskin-Elliott come in.

THE PREDICTION

This is an important game for Melbourne and Collingwood with the pair chasing a spot in the finals. The 6-4-1 Magpies currently occupy a spot in top eight with the 5-5 Demons just on the outer but a loss for Melbourne could be critical to their hopes. The Magpies have failed to impress in their last few games and that could open the door for the Demons who can end a three-match losing streak against the Magpies by earning the victory here.

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