Richmond vs Collingwood AFL 2018 on TV: Broadcast, tickets, crowd, odds, tips, preview

IT’S being dubbed the “Grand Final preview” and the “match of the year” — and for good reason.
Saturday afternoon’s clash between Richmond and Collingwood at the MCG is the quintessential AFL blockbuster — and the only place you can see it live on TV is on FOX FOOTY.

These are the stakes, the burning questions, the tips and all the key details for an MCG special.

WHAT?

Richmond (1st) vs Collingwood (3rd)

WHERE AND WHEN?

First bounce at 1.45pm (AEST) on Saturday July 28 at the MCG

HOW CAN I WATCH ON TV?

The only place to watch the game on TV is on FOX FOOTY (Channel 504 on Foxtel). There will be a special extended pre-game show, live and exclusive from the MCG, kicking off at 1pm (AEST) in the lead-up to the big game. Sarah Jones, David King, Anthony Hudson, Garry Lyon, Nick Riewoldt, Brad Johnson and Nick Dal Santo will guide you through all the action.

HOW MANY WILL ATTEND THE GAME?

Foxfooty.com.au reported on Monday that the MCC was expecting “a crowd in excess of 85,000”, which would make it the second-highest attendance ever between the Tigers and Magpies. But it could be more than that. The highest home and away attendance between the two clubs is 92,436, which occurred at the MCG in Round 4, 1977, and the Melbourne Cricket Club is expecting footy fans to give that figure a crack on Saturday.

CAN I STILL GET TICKETS?

Nope, sorry. The game has been declared sold out.

SPORTSBET ODDS

Richmond $1.37 — Collingwood $3.10

PAST FIVE MEETINGS

Round 6, 2018: Richmond 16.17 (113) d Collingwood 10.10 (70) at the MCG

Round 2, 2017: Richmond 14.15 (99) d Collingwood 11.14 (80) at the MCG

Round 20, 2016: Richmond 14.8 (92) d Collingwood 11.11 (77) at the MCG

Round 2, 2016: Collingwood 13.9 (87) d Richmond 12.14 (86) at the MCG

Round 21, 2015: Richmond 23.9 (147) d Collingwood 7.14 (56) at the MCG

WHY THE BIG DEAL OVER THIS GAME?

Bulldogs great Bob Murphy this week declared the Tigers-Pies clash as a “Grand Final preview”, while Saints champion Leigh Montagna dubbed it “match of the year” on Fox Footy’s The Weekend Lowdown.

Not only are they arguably the two biggest Victorian clubs in the land playing at the biggest venue in the country, they’re also red-hot sides in excellent recent form. And it’s been a long time since these two teams were both so close to the top of the ladder.

Richmond, the reigning premiers, sit on top of the ladder and couldn’t be better placed to launch its bid for back-to-back flags.

But this is as slick a Collingwood unit, under the leadership of Nathan Buckley, that the footy world has seen since making back-to-back Grand Finals earlier this decade.

Add to the fact these are two of the top three scoring teams in the competition this season and you have the quintessential AFL blockbuster.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Lots.

For Richmond, a win would push itself two games clear of the Magpies and, subsequently, almost guaranteeing itself a home qualifying final at the MCG — and the Tigers desperately would like that, as no team plays the ‘G better than they do. In fact if Richmond wins on Saturday, it’ll usurp Melbourne and break the record for the most consecutive wins at the MCG (18) ever.

But a Collingwood win would shake things up. The Pies would remain in third spot and draw level with the Tigers — who would consequently drop to second should West Coast beat North Melbourne on Sunday — on 52 points. And while Buckley’s brigade has already been thrown in the premiership contender mix, a win over Richmond would force the entire AFL community — even the most staunch Collingwood haters — to take notice.

FIVE BURNING QUESTIONS

1. How big a loss is Jordan De Goey?

Collingwood was dealt a major blow on Thursday when De Goey was ruled out due to bone stress in his lower leg. It’s a huge out for the Pies, as De Goey was ranked first at the club for score goals and score assists, as well as third for marks on the lead and fourth for centre clearances.

2. Can the Magpies cover the losses of both De Goey and Adam Treloar?

Not only is De Goey out, but Treloar — who had a career-high 42 disposals the last time Collingwood face Richmond earlier this season — is still sidelined with a hamstring injury. It’ll be a huge task, but one of the Magpies’ best traits is they have excellent depth through the midfield and half-forward line. Will Hoskin-Elliott, Josh Thomas and Rising Star favourite Jaidyn Stephenson have been revelations up forward this season, booting 90 goals between them. And in the midfield, Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury and Tom Phillips are genuine A-graders.

3. How can the Magpies counter the Tigers’ insane defensive pressure?

Damien Hardwick’s high-intensity, high-pressure game ultimately won the Tigers the flag last year — and could help them win another this year. But the Pies have the style and class to overcome that. According to Montagna, the blueprint to beat Richmond is to control the footy — and Collingwood is one of the best teams in the competition at controlling the footy.

The Pies are ranked third in the AFL for scores per chain, which is the best way to measure ball movement, according to Champion Data. If that ball movement is at its slickest on Saturday, the Pies should be able to handle the Richmond heat.

4. How can the Magpies expose Alex Rance?

Rance is one of the game’s best interceptors and thrives on influencing as many contests as possible. But Montagna told The Weekend Lowdown that Rance also loves to be the Tigers’ deepest defender — and that could play right into Collingwood’s hands. Montagna said the Magpies must try to keep Rance in the goalsquare at all times and use a smaller forward, like Thomas, Stephenson or Hoskin-Elliott, to keep him accountable, rather than a taller forward like Brody Mihocek or Mason Cox. By keeping him deep, Rance won’t be able to influence as many contests up the ground as he’d like.

5. Is it really worth tagging Dustin Martin?

Not really. The bigger the game and the closer the attention, the greater than Brownlow Medallist seems to thrive. And the worst thing of all for the Magpies is Martin has hit a form purple patch in recent weeks. From his past three games, Martin has booted four goals and averaged 30 disposals, 14 contested possessions, 11 score involvements, seven inside 50s, four clearances and 576m gained. If he’s at his best on Saturday, the Pies could be in for a long afternoon.

FOX FOOTY EXPERT TIPS

Nick Dal Santo: Richmond

Leigh Montagna: Collingwood

David King: Richmond

Ben Dixon: Richmond

Cameron Mooney: Richmond

Dermott Brereton: Richmond

Sarah Jones: Richmond

Gerard Whateley: Richmond

Mark Robinson: Richmond

Jon Ralph: Richmond

Sarah Olle: Richmond

Anna Harrington: Richmond

THE VERDICT

Richmond 11 — Collingwood 1

Source : Foxsports