2012 AFL Preliminary Finals: Sydney Swans vs Collingwood Magpies
September 19, 2012 by Marc Jerbs

On Friday, the well rested Sydney Swans play host against Collingwood Magpies for the AFL Preliminary Finals at the ANZ Stadium. The game officially starts at 7:50PM Australia time.

The Swans are just one win away from their first Grand Final appearance. Sydney was poised to get in 2006 but was beaten by West Coast. They do have a chance this year because Collingwood is coming off a tough win against West Coast. The Magpies do have injury concern with the players and only has six days to rest their battered bodies.

The Magpies do play better against the Swans. They have won 11 straight against Sydney and have plenty of belief within themselves that they could upend the Swans and book their third straight Grand Final appearance.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Sydney Swans as an 8.5-point favorite to beat the Collingwood Magpies. However, if the Swans failed to erase the stigma of their 11 consecutive losses to Magpies then they could their 1st Grand Finals bid goodbye.

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