AFL Round 3: A Friday Night Feast Between Old Rivals


Carlton v Collingwood

(MCG, 7:50pm AEST Friday, April 6, 2018).

The Friday Night Lights game pits two traditional rivals that have been at it since 1897. That’s a long time to have enmities and it really is a class battle as well – the freemarket stockbroking Carlton against the socialist working class of Collingwood.

Collingwood has been written off in 2018 and Carlton is still going through the longest re-building process ever, but good things do take good time. We’re predicting Carlton will be in the premiership window in around 2022, but that’s sooner than Collingwood’s, a club that has lost its way since the end of the 2011 season. And no prizes for guessing that it coincides with the appointment of Nathan Buckley as the coach.


Both teams are defeated for this season (the opposite of being ‘undefeated’) but we’re suggesting a packed house will want to see which of these two teams will register their first win for 2018. Expect a fast-paced game, with Carlton’s forward structure to do better than Collingwood’s non-existent forward line.

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Matt Kreuzer makes his return to the Carlton team, and we think this will tip the scales in their favour. Collingwood also welcome back Ben Reid and Mason Cox, but we don’t think this will be enough. Carlton to win.

Fun fact:

  • Carlton and Collingwood last played a final against each other in 1988, 30 years ago.

Last time:

  • Round 7, 2017. Carlton 12.7 defeated Collingwood 8.8.


  • Eddy Jay: Carlton 17 points
  • Lintang Enam: Carlton, 21 points
  • Computer says: Collingwood, 6 points
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