As someone mentioned previously (I think in this thread) this will be the first time this year our midfield will be matched for quality. The Pies bat really deep, so this will be a huge test. We won't be able to stop Grundy winning the hitouts, but we are elite at sharking taps.
I'm not that worried about their forward line, as if we can win the midfield battle, they won't matter, or we will force bad entries. JJ back as huge, although I hope he plays forward to give us a better kick inside 50, which would allow Richards to play his natural rebounding game.
I really hope we target whoever Roughy is on. He isn't quick, and we should be trying to engineer a matchup on Naughton as much as we can.
Once again, I'll be teaching during the game and will only be able to listen to the first quarter. Good luck from Shenyang China, Doggies!
Small sample size, but we are 3-0 in second quarters this year, conceding only 18 points and having a second quarter percentage of 255.
Pies have been starting games off very well. They have won their last five first quarters convincingly. We are 1-2 in first quarters. I feel that if we're with them at quarter time, we're in with a real shot. We have outscored Collingwood five goals to one in first quarters in our last two matches against them. How sweet it would be if that was to continue tonight.
We rank 17th in the league for third quarters. We do a lot better in 4th quarters, having a 2-1 record. We have the best fourth quarter percentage of any team with a 2-1 fourth quarter record.
We have won six quarters and lost six. Perhaps more importantly, we have won four halves and lost only two halves.
Pies have won six quarters and lost five. They have won three halves and lost three.
Granted, Collingwood's opposition has been better than ours (significantly), but we're still in this one up to our eyeballs.