2020 AFL – Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood taking place? Friday 20th March, 2020 – 08:50 (UK) / 19:50 (local)

Where is Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood taking place? Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

What television channel is Western Bulldogs 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 Western Bulldogs 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 Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

WESTERN BULLDOGS

  • Western Bulldogs managed to sneak into the finals thanks to three wins in their final three matches of the regular season but it proved in vain as they were defeated in the first week by eventual Grand Finalists GWS Giants.
  • The Bulldogs face a tough start to their 2020 campaign as they host Collingwood but they will need to put in a big performance in their season opener having lost their last three matches against the Magpies.
  • Young forward Aaron Naughton has managed to overcome a knee injury and as such, he will feature here for the Bulldogs alongside new signings Josh Bruce and Alex Keath but there is no place for Josh Schache who has been omitted.

COLLINGWOOD

  • Collingwood were able to defeat minor premiers Geelong in the opening round of the finals but they succumbed in their next game to GWS Giants as they fell one match short of the Grand Final.
  • The Magpies were runners-up in 2018 and will be disappointed that they failed to earn the chance to rectify that loss but they look well-placed for another run deep into the finals this time around.
  • Scott Pendlebury is free to play after his negative test for coronavirus earlier in the week but there will be no Adam Treloar who is expected to miss the first two games of the season with a stomach virus while Jaidyn Stephenson is a surprising omission.

THE PREDICTION

Collingwood narrowly missed out on a spot in the AFL Grand Final for a second successive season as their late comeback against GWS Giants saw them fall just short. The Magpies had trailed by 33 points in the final quarter but almost produced a stunning fightback as they pulled to within four points. It was not to be and they will have had the entire off-season to dwell on what might have been. They face Western Bulldogs in this season opener and while this game could go either way, the Magpies should be able to earn the victory.

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