Match day guide and match preview for the 2022 AFL Round 22 between Sydney Swans and Collingwood Magpies.
Who: Sydney Swans v Collingwood Magpies
When: Sunday, August 14, 3:20 p.m.
TICKETS ARE SOLD.
Head-to-head record since 1980: 68 games played. Swans 31 wins. Magpies 31 wins.
OUT: Ben Ronke (medi-sub)
MILESTONE: Isaac Heeney 150th AFL game
OUT: Trent Bianco (medi-sub)
In a sign of two healthy and fit teams, Sydney and Collingwood head into this crucial clash unchanged.
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Season so far and homecoming
Sydney Swans 4e –127.5% | 1902 points for | 1492 points against | 14 wins 6 losses | WWWWWW
The Swans are starting to find their best form at the right time of the season and heading into this Sunday afternoon blockbuster on a five-game winning streak.
Sydney’s offense started to really shoot and they scored over 100 points in four of those five wins.
However, much of their ability to score strongly has been built on elite pressure inside the 50, with the club averaging an incredible 17 tackles per inside 50 over the past five weeks.
It should be noted that in their current winning streak, only one of these teams is in the top 8 (Fremantle-6th), while the other four (Bulldogs-10th, Crows-15th, Giants-16th and Kangaroos-18th) are all outside the 8.
It’s the biggest home-and-away game for the Swans in recent memory, with a win giving them a chance of a top-two finish, while a loss could see them drop to 6th place.
The Collingwood back line did a great job of cutting
Collingwood Magpies 2n/a –106.3% | 1714 points for | 1612 points against | 15 wins 5 losses | WWWWWW
After finishing 17th last year, even the craziest Pies fans wouldn’t have picked a side to take second place on the ladder with two rounds to go on an 11-game winning streak, but here we are. .
Everyone keeps predicting that the Collingwood bubble will burst, but every week this incredibly resilient group continues to predict everyone in exciting ways.
They were beaten in just about every key stat against Melbourne last week but just stayed in the competition and when the game was there to be won in the last quarter they were clearly the better side.
They seem to have an incredible belief that they can win any game in any situation and their ability to get the job done when it counts has been remarkable.
The Pies can almost seal a top-two spot with a win at SCG and they’ll be confident they can make it 12 in a row.
Last 5 meetings and history of the SCG
The Magpies have won three of the last five clashes, but the Swans were too good for them in their previous encounter.
There have been desperately close finishes between the teams in recent memory, with four of the last five decided by less than 10 points.
The AFL clearly likes to play these teams in Sydney with 12 of the last 14 games played at ANZ Stadium or the SCG, while one was at the MCG and one at the Gabba during the COVID season.
In the last six meetings played at the SCG, the Swans hold a 4-2 advantage.
Swans – Errol Gulden
Gulden probably doesn’t quite get the media attention he deserves, but he’s having a stellar second season in red and white.
The 20-year-old has played some important games throughout the season but really found his best form last month.
Spending time at halftime and through the midfield group, Gulden is averaging 22.25 takedowns, 6.5 inside 50s and 4.25 tackles over the past four games while managing 6 goals and four assists.
The Swans love having the ball in his hands as he usually makes the right call and is able to hit targets under 50.
Big Sydney kickers like Gulden and Nick Blakey will have to use the ball well inside 50 because we saw that Collingwood defense just pulled out Demons starters last week when they were coming off fly away.
Pies – Nick Daicos
There’s been a lot of hype about Daicos heading into this season, but the number four in last year’s draft has somehow exceeded expectations and quickly become a star of the competition.
The 19-year-old hit the ground running in the first game of the season and has steadily improved as the year progressed.
He produced one of the best individual performances of the season against Adelaide in round 18, racking up 40 touches and scoring three goals in a game-winning match.
There weren’t many teenagers who came out to show Daicos composure and you can see his teammates looking to get the ball in his hands as often as they can as he rarely misses a target.
The Swans have deployed Ryan Clarke to mark the opposition’s most dangerous half in recent weeks and there’s every chance he’ll travel to Daicos to try and undo his impact.
Franklinsanity: Buddy Franklin to turn it on in front of a sold-out crowd at the SCG with 6 goals.
Daicos Duo: Nick and Josh Daicos to combine for 55 touches and two goals.
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