AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Collingwood face Gold Coast in must-win for coach Nathan Buckley, Crows host Giants

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Today’s milestones

Brad Crouch (StK) – 100 games
Jack Higgins (StK) – 50 games

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History favours Collingwood

The Magpies have made their worst start to a season since 2005 and it’s fair to say that out-of-contract coach Nathan Buckley is battling to save his career at the Holden Centre.

But although the Suns produced their best performance of the year last week in a thumping victory over Sydney, Buckley should be heartened by the fact that the Magpies have won their last six games against the Suns by an average of eight goals.

Not to mention that Gold Coast aren’t exactly proven consistent performers on the road with just 19 wins from 119 games away from Metricon Stadium in their 11-year history, including only three of 14 at the MCG.

Last time they met: Giants’ finals hopes slipping after Crows spring massive upset

ADELAIDE 3.3 3.7 8.7 8.11 (59)
GWS 1.1 3.3 6.3 7.5 (47)

Adelaide: McAdam 2, Himmelberg 2, Crouch, Sloane, Stengle, Walker.
GWS: Finlayson 2, Shaw, Caldwell, Cameron, Hill, Jacobs.

Adelaide: Laird, McAdam, Himmelberg, B Crouch, Sloane, M Crouch.
GWS: Whitfield, Hill, Finlayson, Taranto.

GWS: Langdon (illness) replaced in selected side by Hately, Corr (ankle).

Fisher, Broadbent, Williamson.

12,436 at Adelaide Oval.

It took him 14 defeats to find his first win as a senior coach. Now Matthew Nicks has two in a row, and his former employers Greater Western Sydney have a serious problem.

Nicks guided Adelaide to an upset 12-point win on Tuesday, a massive boilover that dislodges the Giants’ destiny from their own grasp and blows the race for the AFL’s top eight wide open.

GWS came into this game knowing that wins in their last three games would lock in a finals appearance for a fifth successive year. Against the bottom-placed Crows, this looked the easiest of the lot.

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Home sweet home for Crows

Adelaide has won six of the seven games between these sides at Adelaide Oval by an average margin of 35 points. When the sides met in Round 16 last season, Adelaide finished with 27 more disposals, 30 more contested possessions, 10 more clearances and 23 more inside 50s.

Adelaide’s wonder boy

Last time they met: De Goey and Cox fire Pies into finals

COLLINGWOOD 2.2 4.5 7.5 10.8 (68)
GOLD COAST 3.1 3.5 5.6 6.10 (46)

Collingwood: De Goey 4, Cox 2, Crisp, Brown, Mihocek, Hoskin-Elliott.
Gold Coast: Sexton 3, King, Corbett, Swallow.

Collingwood: De Goey, Treloar, Crisp, Moore, Cox, Daicos.
Gold Coast: Sexton, Weller, Greenwood, Anderson, Powell.

Gold Coast: Sean Lemmens (corked leg).

Fisher, Margetts, Brown.

2896 at the Gabba.

In what should not be mistaken for a game in 2018, Jordan De Goey and Mason Cox led Collingwood to a crucial win over the Gold Coast Suns on Monday night.

The win means the Pies will play finals for the third consecutive season, even if they lose next week against ladder-leaders Port Adelaide at the Gabba.

Cox and De Goey were often so important and dangerous in Collingwood’s run to a narrow grand final loss two years ago, but since then either one or both has mostly been injured or out of form, and therefore the Magpies’ forward line has looked meek.

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Darcy Moore.Credit:Getty Images.

Greenwood vital for Suns

Magpies lacking in marks

Collingwood grabbed just eight marks inside the forward 50 last round against Essendon – ranked equal 14th in the league. Gold Coast recorded 15 marks inside 50 – its second-most in any game this year. Ben King recorded a team-high six marks inside 50 against the Swans.

Greetings, everyone!

Hello and welcome to our AFL Saturday mega blog for Round 7.

We start the day at the MCG where Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is battling to save his career against Gold Coast while the Crows host GWS at Adelaide Oval.

The twilight clash pits St Kilda against Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium, and the night-time double-header features four teams who could be figuring prominently in September.

At the SCG, Sydney tackle the resurgent Cats while at the Gabba, the Brisbane Lions take on Port Adelaide.

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