The Giants made a huge statement in Round 1 with an 82 point thrashing, as they begin their quest for an inaugural Premiership while the Pies surprised no one with a meek performance over the Hawks that saw them lose by 34 points. The Pies can take some comfort in their recent record over the Giants (and the Giants lack of success at the MCG) but these two sides are growing further and further apart, and the Giants will be keen to be done with the hoodoo at the ‘G as they build towards an inaugural Flag.
FormCollingwood’s poor performance against the Hawks in Round 1 was compounded by the suspension of Mason Cox- while he is not always going to light the world on fire, he is crucial to the structure Nathan Buckley is trying to develop. The Pies ball movement and disposal efficiency was woeful, and it looked like a number of the Collingwood players were only keen to run one way. If they present with the same effort this week, they might find themselves losing by 80 like the Bulldogs did.
GWS were nothing short of sensational in their opening game, thumping the Bulldogs by an astonishing 82 points in Canberra. Jeremy Cameron (6 goals) and Toby Greene (4) ran riot in an open forward line, created by the huge midfield dominance of Kelly, Shiel, Ward, Coniglio and co. The former, in particular, was outstanding- recording 29 disposals @ 75% to go along with his 2 goals. It was a close to a perfect start to an AFL season as Leon Cameron could have hoped for.
Stats That Matter– Collingwood have won 5 from 6 against the Giants – GWS won their 2017 encounter by just 3 points – Taylor Adams averages 121 Fantasy points and 32 disposals per game against his old club – The Pies only won 4 from 14 games at the MCG in 2017 – Jeremy Cameron kicked 6 goals in his last match against the Pies – GWS has won just once in 12 games at the ‘G – The Giants kicked 20 goals from 33 scoring shots in windy conditions in Round 1
What To ExpectThe Wolf is expecting nothing less than a controlled Giants victory. They simply have to get better at playing on the ‘G, in front of bigger crowds, if they are to give September a serious shake, and their defence will be all over a completely disjointed and impotent Collingwood forward line. The Pies have copped a baking in the press, and do tend to come out swinging in situations like this; but the Giants will be more than ready for it.
How It’s Shaping UpGiants by 32
Best Bet: GWS -19.5 ($1.90) Value Bet: Coniglio 6+ tackles/Cameron 3+ goals/Greene 2+ goals ($3.58)Player Prop: Taylor Adams 110+ Fantasy Points ($2.05) First Goalscorer: Toby Greene