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The 4 certainties for Carlton versus Collingwood

Once again this year, the SEN.com.au team is giving you an insight into how each game will play out over the weekend.

Labeling something “certainty” in any sport is fraught with danger.

But we’ll try to find some anyway.

Here’s what we consider certainties for Friday night’s Round 8 clash between Carlton and Collingwood.

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Curnow to kick 3+ goals

Despite having a 2-6 record against Collingwood, Carlton’s double Coleman Medal winner Charlie Curnow has a decent individual record.

He has scored 15 goals in his last four appearances for the Magpies, including 23 in eight games during his career.

In 2024, he has returned at least two goals in each of his seven appearances, including three sets of three and three sets of four.

On Friday night against the Pies, we are very confident that the Blue star will score at least three goals and continue his run towards a third Coleman.

Pittonet will have more than 15 eliminations, more than 20 hits and more than 5 clearances

The first certainty seems a little vulgar, so we will be a little more mischievous with the second.

Ruckman Marc Pittonet has put together two big games in the last two weeks and should continue that form.

We’re with Pittonet to have at least 15 disposals, along with a minimum of 20 hits, plus at least five clearances.

It promises to be a HUGE Friday night at the MCG.

Andrew Slevison


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Pendlebury to have more than 20 disposals

Collingwood will need Scott Pendlebury to be at his best on Friday night.

With Jordan De Goey and Tom Mitchell out, the veteran will no doubt play plenty of minutes in midfield alongside the likes of Nick Daicos.

He’s received more than 20 touches in four of his six complete games in 2024, and one would expect him to hit that mark in this game given how much his team needs him.

He racked up 23 disposals in last week’s draw against Essendon, and is expected to feature on that scoreline again.

The big stage won’t cut you off either.

Mason Cox to kick a goal

While Mason Cox has only scored in one of his seven games in 2024, it’s surely worth it for Friday night.

With Brody Mihocek set to have Jacob Weitering as an opponent, Collingwood will need to go through Cox at times as he will be up against a more favorable opponent, likely Lewis Young.

He has also scored goals against the Blues on six of the last seven occasions he has faced them.

While he hasn’t been in his best form, he should have at least one scoring chance on Friday and is a pretty good finisher when he gets those chances.

Lachlan Geleit


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