It’s a momentous day for Collingwood Football Club as their captain and spiritual leader, Scott Pendlebury, heads into his 350th game, becoming just the 20th player in VFL/AFL history to reach that milestone.
But the Magpies are also chasing an eighth straight win for the first time since 2012 as they look to keep alive their unlikely urge for a top-four finish.
They face a disappointing Adelaide side but Collingwood wants to be on their guard because although they have won their last seven games there have been some signs in their last three games that they could be on the cusp of defeat soon, with narrow wins against Lower 10 Pages North Melbourne, Gold Coast and GWS.
To their credit, however, they’ve always found a way to win, and five of their last six wins have come with 11 points or fewer. Her ability to consistently make it in the tights was quite remarkable.
The Pies have also had a great record against the Crows recently, winning their last five games by averaging 37 points.
And Collingwood has also won his last four games at the Adelaide Oval (all against the Crows) by averaging six goals.
Conversely, Adelaide’s own home ground has become a graveyard for them of late, having lost four of their last five games there by averaging 36 points.
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