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  • Essendon v Collingwood
  • Round 5 - 15:20 AEST, Apr 25, 2017
  • MCG
  • 19° Rain at times
10th Ladder Position 13th
2 Wins 1
2 Losses 3
92.7 % 86.7
357 Points For 301
385 Points Against 347

Recent Encounters

Round Result Venue Replay
R5, 2016

Collingwood 22.10 (142)

Essendon11.7 (73)

MCG Replay
R23, 2015

Collingwood 14.8 (92)

Essendon14.11 (95)

MCG Replay
R4, 2015

Essendon 6.13 (49)

Collingwood9.15 (69)

MCG Replay
R17, 2014

Essendon 16.7 (103)

Collingwood5.9 (39)

MCG Replay
R6, 2014

Collingwood 12.11 (83)

Essendon8.12 (60)

MCG Replay
406 Disposals 407
36 Clearances 40
48 Inside 50 56
146 Contested Possessions 156
66 Tackles 73
38 Hit-Outs 46
19 Free Kicks 19

* Season Averages

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Essendon and Collingwood will meet for the 23rd time on Anzac Day

Collingwood has had the upper hand in recent Anzac Day contests but enters this year's clash in some trouble due to its indifferent start to the season. The Pies were ordinary in their loss to St Kilda last weekend, after failing to back up their tight away win over Sydney the previous round. But they might get to see recruit Daniel Wells for the first time at senior level after the ex-Kangaroo returned in the VFL last round. Essendon, according to coach John Worsfold, has "hit the wall" after its brilliant beginning to the season. Its past two performances have been lacklustre, and have left the Bombers 2-2 after four rounds. But Worsfold will be hoping the huge crowd can lift his side back to the quick, explosive and dangerous line-up that tore apart Hawthorn in round one.

WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Tuesday, April 25, 3.20pm AEST
TV AND RADIO: Click here for broadcast guide 


R5, 2016, Collingwood 22.10 (142) d Essendon 11.7 (73) at the MCG
R23, 2015, Essendon 14.11 (95) d Collingwood 14.8 (92) at the MCG
R4, 2015, Collingwood 9.15 (69) d Essendon 6.13 (49) at the MCG
R17, 2014, Essendon 16.7 (103) d Collingwood 5.9 (39) at the MCG
R6, 2014, Collingwood 12.11 (83) d Essendon 8.12 (60) at the MCG


1. Both the Bombers and Magpies continue to be high disposal teams. Collingwood is ranked third and Essendon is fourth for total disposals in the competition, while the Bombers are in the top four for uncontested possessions.

2. This is the 23rd clash between the sides on Anzac Day and Collingwood holds a clear advantage, winning 13 games to eight. There was also a draw in the first contest in 1995. The Magpies have won the past three and six of the past seven games.

3. Collingwood remains the most inaccurate team in 2017, kicking 41.47 at 38.7 per cent. Essendon has been better in this area, kicking 53.31 at 51 per cent.

4. Of current players, Bombers midfielder Brent Stanton has played the most Anzac Day matches (11) just ahead of Scott Pendlebury and Jobe Watson (10 each). David Zaharakis has kicked 11 goals on Anzac Day, and Pie Steele Sidebottom has slotted 10.

5. Essendon has struggled taking the ball inside 50 this season, being ranked 17th with only 48.3 a game. In contrast, Collingwood is ranked sixth, with 55.5 a game.

6. No.1 pick Andrew McGrath's impressive start to his career has seen him rise into third place on the Shick Official AFL Player Ratings board for first-year players.

IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR … Darcy Moore
It is hard not to feel a little sorry for Darcy Moore playing up forward in the Pies' side so far this year, given the terrible ball use at stages. But the Pies need more goals to compete and Moore is their main man in the forward half.

PREDICTION: Essendon by 12 points

Team Lineups

Team Lineups



  • Patrick Ambrose,
  • Michael Hurley,
  • Brendon Goddard


  • Mark Baguley,
  • Mitch Brown,
  • Zach Merrett


  • Andrew McGrath,
  • Jobe Watson,
  • Darcy Parish


  • Orazio Fantasia,
  • Cale Hooker,
  • Travis Colyer


  • Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti,
  • Joe Daniher,
  • Ben McNiece


  • Matthew Leuenberger,
  • David Zaharakis,
  • Dyson Heppell


  • Brent Stanton,
  • Aaron Francis,
  • Josh Green,
  • James Kelly


  • James Stewart,
  • Craig Bird,
  • Heath Hocking



  • Ben McNiece,
  • Aaron Francis


  • Kyle Langford (Omitted),
  • Conor McKenna (Suspension)


  • Ben McNiece



  • Jeremy Howe,
  • Henry Schade,
  • Tyson Goldsack


  • Jackson Ramsay,
  • Ben Reid,
  • Brayden Maynard


  • Steele Sidebottom,
  • Scott Pendlebury,
  • Daniel Wells


  • Travis Varcoe,
  • Darcy Moore,
  • Will Hoskin-Elliott


  • Alex Fasolo,
  • Mason Cox,
  • Jamie Elliott


  • Brodie Grundy,
  • Adam Treloar,
  • Taylor Adams


  • Levi Greenwood,
  • Tom Phillips,
  • Jack Crisp,
  • Tim Broomhead


  • Matthew Scharenberg,
  • Josh Daicos,
  • Josh Smith



  • Daniel Wells,
  • Mason Cox,
  • Tom Phillips


  • Jesse White (Omitted),
  • Josh Smith (Omitted),
  • Jarryd Blair (Omitted)


  • Daniel Wells

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