Round 14 Preview: Werribee vs Collingwood

Werribee will be out to end a run of close losses and cement its place in the VFL’s top eight when it hosts an in-form Collingwood today at Avalon Airport Oval.

The ‘big W’ currently sit a game and percentage inside the eight, and a win would keep them in touch with the top four. Collingwood occupies a rung in the bottom four but is only six points adrift of 8th, and come into this clash in winning form.

MATCH DETAILS

Saturday 6 July
2pm at Avalon Airport Oval
TEAM

THE STORY SO FAR

Essendon and Werribee continued their entertaining rivalry last round, but this time it was the visitors who claimed the all-important four points. The result consigned Werribee to its fifth loss of the season by under three goals.
Collingwood has resurrected its 2019 campaign after seven losses in the opening nine rounds, with recent wins against Footscray and North Melbourne.

RECENT HISTORY

Werribee’s record against Collingwood has been one-sided for over half a decade. The Pies won easily on both occasions last season, to make it eight out of the past nine against the ‘big W’. Round five, 2017 was Werribee’s last victory over the Pies courtesy of a high-scoring thriller at Wangaratta’s Norm Minns Oval.

KEY QUESTIONS

Who will stand up in the absence of Werribee’s ‘big three’?

In a triple blow, vitally important midfield trio Michael Barlow, Matt Hanson and Josh Clayton will miss this round’s clash after succumbing to injury. Their absence leaves a large void in one part of the ground. So who will stand up and take their opportunity in the engine room? Usual suspects Dom Brew, Tom Gribble and Joe Maishman will have to work overtime in the clinches, while returning duo Max Augerinos and Aiden Domic should see increased midfield time.

Will Collingwood’s poor AFL form illicit a response at VFL level?

By their own admission, last year’s AFL grand finalists have dished up three below par performances in recent weeks, including a shock loss to North Melbourne last round and a narrow defeat against Hawthorn last night. With more than a dozen AFL-listed players expected to run out in the ‘twos’ today, we could see a fiery response from those gunning for a senior opportunity.

AARON FETTER

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