Six years ago Sydney edged out Collingwood by 1 point, since then they have been unable to replicate the result. That looks set to change as the top of the table Swans have the form.
Sydney made it 9 in a row last week when they accounted for the Blues by 22 points. In a game where an upset was not impossible the Swans did what they had to do and took away the four points.
Collingwood’s game against St Kilda also provided a challenge. This time the Saints took it right up to the Pies only losing by 6 points in the end.
Collingwood will, this week, be without superstar Dane Swan because a club imposed suspention. He received 2 weeks for going out late and will be a big loss to their midfield.
Jude Bolton will miss this week after injuring his knee while Sam Reid remains on the sideline. The Swans will defiantly miss the influence of both.
What Collingwood would like to see
The Pies and their fans would love to see a solid 4 quarter performance which was not present in both the Saints and Hawks games. If they can achieve that it may be the deciding factor.
The midfield will also need to step up. While there are plenty of quality players filling Swan’s spot, Sydney are on top for a reason and will definatley take it up to Collingwood.
What Sydney would like to see
A win. Collingwood have had an edge over Sydney for so long and now would be a good time to end it. They are on top and have all the credentials of a premiership team, it is now or never.
The Swans will also want a good game from Shane Mumford. Jolly was the difference last week for the Pies in one of his best game for the club.
However that performance is more of an exception these days and Mumford has the capablity to dominate Jolly giving Sydney the upper hand.
In the past this game was a certainty for Collingwood but the circumstances have changed. ANZ Stadium might give the Pies an advantage but their past few perfomances haven’t been convincing.
Conversely Sydney are flying and should finally break a their Hoodoo further which will further extend their premiership contention.
Swans by 6