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Match Preview: Blues v Pies

Chris Mayne returns to the AFL team for his first game since round four - Collingwood Magpies
Chris Mayne returns to the AFL team for his first game since round four

Where and when: MCG, Saturday May 11, 1.45pm AEST

Last time they met: MCG, round 14, 2018: Collingwood 11.13 (79) defeated Carlton 9.5 (59)

The Blues were within 14 points at the final change, only for Scott Pendlebury to eventually lead the Pies to victory. Patrick Cripps and Charlie Curnow combined for six goals as a young Carlton outfit gave Collingwood all it had, only to fall just short.

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What it means for Carlton: After a horror show against North Melbourne last weekend, Carlton simply must make a statement against the old enemy. Another shocking showing will ramp up the pressure on coach Brendon Bolton.

What it means for Collingwood: Four straight wins have Collingwood within touching distance of top spot. Perhaps the team to beat this season, the Pies must avoid unnecessary slip-ups against the teams they should overcome.

How Carlton wins: By getting its hands on the footy. North Melbourne had 128 more disposals than Carlton last Sunday. That's simply not good enough. The midfield will feel like it has a point to prove against one of the game's best onball groups.

How Collingwood wins: By blowing its opponents away early once again. Collingwood had 10 more scoring shots than Port Adelaide in the first quarter alone on Friday night. Doing that to a dispirited Blues team will put the Pies on their way to victory.

The stat: Scott Pendlebury has won more Brownlow votes against Carlton (21) than any other side. He got three more the last time they met.

The match-up: Harry McKay v Darcy Moore

Moore has conquered some of the game's best forwards this season and faces one of the game's most promising youngsters on Saturday. McKay has proved himself as one of the League's best contested marks and will need to be at his best to clunk a few this weekend.

Jacob Weitering is set for a busy Saturday against the Collingwood forward line. Picture: AFL Photos

It's a big week for: Jacob Weitering (Carlton)

With fellow key defender Liam Jones likely to be unavailable due to concussion, the pressure will ramp up on Weitering down back. He's set to take on one of the game's most versatile and dangerous forwards in Jordan De Goey.

Big call: It gets ugly for Carlton.

Prediction: Collingwood by 60 points