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AFL: Giants gunning for Pies revenge

Collingwood will begin their premiership defence with a tough-looking trip to take on Greater Western Sydney.

The clash is a re-match following the 2023 preliminary final that Collingwood won by just one point, before going on to win the grand final.

They can be backed at 5.50 to win the grand final once again, while the Giants are also in the mix and can be backed at 7.00.

GWS will be keen to banish the memory of the preliminary final defeat and revenge will be on their minds heading into the game.

The Pies will want to start their defence on the front foot and we could be in for another close, intense battle at ENGIE Stadium.

There is clearly no love lost between these two sides and a fiery contest is on the cards.

. What: Greater Western Sydney v Collingwood
. Where: ENGIE Stadium, Sydney
. When: 18:30 (AEST), Saturday 9th March 2024
. How to watch: Channel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
. Odds: Greater Western Sydney 1.70, Collingwood 2.18

Kingsley cools revenge talk

Greater Western Sydney will be keen to hit the ground running when they take on the reigning premiers Collingwood on Saturday night.

Giants coach Adam Kingsley says retribution for the preliminary final defeat is not on their minds, they just want to start the season well.

However, it is sure to be an emotional night at ENGIE Stadium, and the conditions could also play a big part.

High humidity is forecast in Sydney, which will suit the Giants more as they are used to it.

Another close encounter could be on the cards and the Giants are priced at 6.00 to win by 1-12 points, while Collingwood are 5.50 to win in the same margin.

Jesse Hogan was rested for the final pre-season win over the Gold Coast Suns and will return to the side that faces the Pies.

Hogan can be backed at 10.00 to boot the first goal of the game. The hugely influential Toby Greene is also available at 9.50.

Defender Lachie Ash also returns to the side, while Harvey Thomas is set to make his debut.

Pies missing McStay

Collingwood will be missing Dan McStay, who is suffering from a knee injury, when they begin their premiership defence.

Ash Johnson has been given the nod to fill the hole in the forward line, and he can be backed at 1.38 to boot a goal at anytime.

The Pies have been boosted by the news that Scott Pendlebury has recovered from a knee injury and will be fit enough to play.

Collingwood have won the last three encounters against the Giants, but all three were at the MCG and a trip to Sydney will be a different kettle of fish.

Nick Daicos will be huge for the Pies and is 1.65 to produce 30+ disposals in the game, while Tom Mitchell and Jordan De Goey are both priced at 4.50 to do the same.

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