AFL Round 18 will conclude on Monday night when Collingwood take on Port Adelaide in Queensland. Both clubs are locked in to play finals, but seeding positions are still very much alive. As always, we have you covered with our preview and best bet for this huge clash, which you can find below.
Gabba, Monday 7:40pm (AEST)
The Magpies are keen to finish off their season with a win and head into finals with a full head of steam, while Port Adelaide are looking to sure up top spot with another win – what a cracking match this should be!
Collingwood secured the all important four points against Gold Coast last weekend, which locked in a finals spot. It wasn't as straightforward as they would've liked, but getting the win is all that matters at this point in the season.
The Magpies copped a big blow with the news that Steele Sidebottom won't be joining his teammates in the hub for the remainder of the season due to Covid quarantine complications. Collingwood have opted to just make the one change for this final match, with Jaidyn Stephenson coming in for Callum Brown (omitted).
We're going back to the well again this weekend with Jamie Elliott to amass 15+ disposals. He's been getting big midfield minutes of late and we expect that to continue on Monday night with the squad they've selected. He's clocked 15 disposals in five straight games and is good odds to do it again.
Port Adelaide returned to some of their best football against Essendon in their most recent outing, putting the Bombers to the sword by 50 points. They've now locked in a top two spot and will play at least two home finals at Adelaide Oval.
The Power have had a pretty favourable run with injuries (or lack thereof) this season and will only make a couple of like-for-like changes for this clash with the Magpies. In comes Jarrod Lienart and Boyd Woodcock, while Kane Farrell (omitted) and Tom Clurey (injured) are the outs.
Many have Lachie Neale as a shoo-in to win the Brownlow this season, but if there's one player that could challenge him it's likely going to be Travis Boak. The former skipper has had another fantastic campaign and continues to accumulate big disposal numbers. Boak is averaging 28.2 disposals across his last six matches and is solid value for 25+ on Monday night.
Collingwood have defeated Port Adelaide comfortably in their two most recent outings, but both were at the MCG. You probably can't take too much out of that considering the circumstances this season, especially with the Power playing such consistent football. The Magpies have been one of the hardest teams to trust this season, so we're keen to back in Port Adelaide to cover the spread and finish the season on top of the ladder.
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