Round 10 of the 2019 AFL Premiership Season commences on Friday night with the Sydney Swans hosting the Collingwood Magpies at the SCG. As always, we've previewed the fixture and provided our prediction and best bet! Good luck to everyone following!
Don’t forget, Sydney vs Collingwood will be our focus today, but you can head to our AFL Tips Page for a bunch of content for Round 10 in the AFL including preview and tips for EVERY GAME.
Friday 24th of May 7:50PM (AEST), SCG
The Swans have strung together back-to-back wins for the first time this season and will go into this clash full of confidence, while the Magpies are on a six-game winning streak of their own and travel to the SCG looking to retain second spot on the ladder. It’s certainly an intriguing game we have on our hands, which will kick off on Friday night at 7:50pm (AEST).
The Swans have overcome a horror start to the season to produce back-to-back wins and breathe life into their finals hopes for 2019. They’re still precariously placed in 14thposition with a 3-6 record, but another big win on Friday night could potentially leave them just one game outside the eight after Round 10.
Their performance in Round 9 was by no means a perfect one, but to able to grind out a win on the road is the sort of thing that can really lift morale within a struggling team. Interestingly, the Swans have now won two games in a row by five points and the final score has been the exact same (77-72).
With two wins on the spin it’s hard to see coach John Longmire making too many changes ahead of their clash with the Magpies, so expect a fairly similar team to line up on Friday night.
The Magpies have proven all doubters wrong after their 1-2 start by winning each of their next six and propelling themselves to second spot on the ladder with a 7-2 record. They’ve also had a fairly difficult draw to start the season and will now get a look at bottom 10 sides in each of their next five matches, which could set their season up very, very nicely.
Similar to their Round 8 clash with the Blues, it took the Magpies until halfway through the third term against the Saints to really hit their straps. They can be forgiven for looking a little disinterested at times after so many huge matches over the past six or so months, but it’s important they get off to a much better start on Friday night against the in-form Swans.
Once again, don’t expect too many changes for the Magpies this weekend. They’ve won six on the spin and currently have a great mixture of young and old, tall and small.
Interestingly, each of the last six and 10 of the past 11 times these teams have faced off has been in Sydney. During that span the Magpies have won six, compared to the Swans five.
Last five meetings:
2018 R20 – Sydney (73) defeated Collingwood (71)
2017 R3 – Sydney (79) lost to Collingwood (80)
2016 R1 – Sydney (133) defeated Collingwood (53)
2015 R20 – Sydney (87) defeated Collingwood (76)
2014 R2 – Sydney (69) lost to Collingwood (89)
Recent form suggests the Swans have the potential to make this a bit of a scrap on their home turf at the SCG. Two wins in a row will have them feeling a little bit more confident than in weeks prior, however, they do come against arguably the best team in the league in the Magpies. The Pies have won six on the trot and have shown the ability to pile on goals at any stage in the game. All things considered, we just can’t see the Swans keeping up with last year’s runners-up in such a big stage on Friday night.
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