Collingwood Magpies vs Melbourne Demons Prediction, Preview, Team News and More: AFL Round 13, 2024

AFL First Qualifying Final - Collingwood v Melbourne
2023 AFL First Qualifying Final - Collingwood v Melbourne

For the first time this season, AFL fans will witness a Monday game as the Collingwood Magpies and the Melbourne Demons clash in the traditional King's Birthday thriller at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This Round 13 match will feature two teams sitting next to each other in the standings, competing for a spot in the top eight.

Defending premiers, Collingwood is one team hit with injuries this season, and the absence of multiple key players saw the Magpies suffer their second defeat. Craig MacRae's team's eight-match unbeaten run (six wins, two draws) ended with a 100-82 home loss to Western Bulldogs.

Before the loss to the Dogs, Collingwood was held to a draw by Fremantle Dockers in Round 11. The Magpies are currently outside the top eight on points differential and are eager to secure a spot in the qualifying positions after hovering around mid-table for most of the first half of the season.

Melbourne Demons, meanwhile, approach this matchup on the back of arguably their worst performance in years. The Demons suffered a humiliating 92-point defeat to Fremantle in the previous round, the biggest loss of coach Simon Goodwin's era.

Like Collingwood, Melbourne will look to break into the top eight and recover from last week's performance. They are slight favorites in this matchup because the Magpies have a short-handed squad.

Collingwood has won the last four meetings between the two sides. However, with several key players such as Mason Cox, Tom Mitchell, Jordan De Goey, and Scott Pendlebury out with injuries, the Demons could win this one.

Collingwood Magpies vs Melbourne Demons Form Guide

Collingwood Magpies Form Guide (WWWDL): The Collingwood Magpies are ninth in the AFL table.

Melbourne Demons Form Guide (WLLWL): The Melbourne Demons are 10th in the AFL table.

Collingwood Magpies vs Melbourne Demons Team News

Collingwood Magpies

Injured: Jamie Elliot (Vascular), Ned Long (Calf), Dan Mcstay (Knee), Aiden Begg (Knee), Jordan De Goey (Abdomen), Brody Mihocek (Hamstring), Mason Cox (Concussion/knee), Josh Carmichael (Concussion), Will Hoskin-Elliot (Hamstring), Oscar Steene (Toe), Joe Richards (Foot), Tom Mitchell (Foot), Scott Pendlebury (Bicep)

Suspended: none

Melbourne Demons

Injured: Marty Hore (Calf), Jake Lever (Knee), Josh Schache (Foot), Charlie Spargo (Achilles), Jacob van Rooyen (Abductor), Lachie Hunter (Calf), Jake Melksham (Knee)

Suspended: Joel Smith

Collingwood Magpies vs Melbourne Demons Predicted Lineups

Collingwood Magpies

FB: Brayden Maynard, Darcy Moore, Charlie Dean

HB: Isaac Quanynor, Steele Sidebottom, Jeremy Howe

C: Jack Bytel, Ashley Johnson, Josh Daicos

HF: Bobby Hill, Lachlan Schultz, Harvey Harrison

FF: Beau McCreey, Patrick Lipinski, Billy Frampton

FOL: Darcy Cameron, Jack Crisp, Nick Daicos

I/C: Finlay Macrae, Lachie Sullivan, John Noble, Oleg Markov. Will Parker

EMG: N.Kreuger, E.Allan, T.Jiath

Melbourne Demons

FB: Jake Bowey, Steven May, Trent Rivers

HB: Cristian Salem, Adam Tomlinson, Tom McDonald

C: Ed Langdon, Clayton Oliver, Caleb Windsor

HF: Shane McAdam, Bayley Fritsch, Kade Chandler

FF: Kysaiah Pickett, Harrison Petty, Alex Neal-Bullen

FOL: Max Gawn, Jack Viney, Christian Petracca

I/C: Jude McVee, Taj Woewodin, Daniel Turner, Tom Sparrow

EMG: Bailey Laurie, Jack Billings, Ben Brown

Collingwood Magpies vs Melbourne Demons Prediction

Prediction: Melbourne Demons to win by a slight margin

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