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AFL: Cats out to keep pressure on cold Pies

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Collingwood are on the slide again after losing the last two games and need to bounce back against Geelong on Friday night.

The Pies recovered from a poor start to the season to get their premiership defence back on track with six wins from seven games.

But they have gone on to win just two games out of the last six and are now priced at 15.00 to win the 2024 grand final.

Geelong can be backed at 12.00 to win the grand final and the Cats appear to have rediscovered some form when winning the last two games.

They sit in fifth place on the ladder and are just four points behind Carlton in second spot.

Another win for Chris Scott's side and the fans will be believing their second premiership in the space of three seasons could be on the cards.

AFL does not get much bigger than Friday at the MCG and there is a huge amount on the line for both sides.

. What: Collingwood v Geelong
. Where: MCG, Melbourne
. When: 19:40 (AEST), Friday 12th July 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel, Channel 7
. Odds: Collingwood 2.10, Geelong 1.75

Pies look to go back to basics

It has been a tough campaign for the reigning premiers, who sit outside of the top eight on percentage, and have work to do to turn their season around.

They have not been helped by a crippling injury list that has robbed them of key players and is showing no signs of easing.

Brody Mihocek, Jamie Elliott, Beau McCreery, Mason Cox and Tom Mitchell all remain on the treatment table and the Pies are missing them.

Influential captain Darcy Moore has also been out of form, and the same can be said for gun midfielder Jordan De Goey.

Vice-captain Jeremy Howe has been one bright spark for the Pies and he caught the eye when kicking two goals in the defeat against Essendon.

Due to the injury situation, Howe could spend more time up forward and will be a threat against the Cats.

Jack Crisp also booted three goals against the Bombers and can be backed at 17.00 to kick the first of the night against Geelong.

Collingwood have won the last two meeting against Geelong, including an eight-point win in Round 22 last season.

They would take the same again and can be backed at 6.00 to win by 1-12 points.

Cats back on the up

After suffering back-to-back defeats against Carlton and Sydney, Geelong are back heading in the right direction.

The Cats have picked up convincing wins over Hawthorn and Essendon in the last two games, scoring 110 and 105 points respectively.

Jeremy Cameron has been key, kicking four goals against the Hawks and another two against the Bombers.

The gun forward, who has 33 goals for the season, can be backed at 9.50 to kick the first goal of the game or 1.06 to score at anytime.

Geelong will be feeling good about themselves following two comfortable wins and may not get a better chance to make it three against the Pies.

They can also be backed at 6.00 to win by 1-12 points and are the same price to win by 13-24.

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