There is always a lot riding on clashes between these two arch enemies, but there is some extra needle this time because hard questions will be asked of the loser. And, of course, Carlton coach Mick Malthouse will be desperate to post his first win against his old club. The Pies can cite significant injuries, but the near full-strength Blues will have no such excuse. The precariously placed Pies (eighth) are two games clear of the Blues (ninth) but this is one occasion where the lower placed team deserves to be the favourite. Carlton has lost its past three games in seesawing clashes with strong opponents, and will probably win well if they reproduce the same intensity.

WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Friday July 5, 7.50pm (AEST)

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R3, 2011, Collingwood 15.12 (102) d Carlton 11.8 (74) at MCG
R17, 2011, Collingwood 13.20 (98) d Carlton 11.13 (79) at MCG
R3, 2012, Carlton 18.14 (122) d Collingwood 9.8 (62) at MCG
R15, 2012, Carlton 12.13 (85) d Collingwood 8.14 (62) at MCG
R2, 2013, Collingwood17.15 (117) d Carlton 15.10 (100) at MCG

1. Collingwood’s fortunes have changed dramatically in the space of 12 months. This time last year they were on top of the ladder with just two losses.

2. The Magpies have won six of their past eight games against the Blues.

3. The Pies are ranked first in the AFL for uncontested possessions, while the Blues are 16th.

4. Carlton is fourth in clearances, while Collingwood is 15th.

5. Mick Malthouse will be gunning for his first coaching victory over Collingwood since he guided West Coast to victory in round 18, 1999, at the WACA.

6. In Collingwood's 17-point win over Carlton in round two, young small forward Jamie Elliott (the sixth-ranked Magpie forward in the Official AFL Player Ratings) booted five goals.