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Match Preview: Preliminary Final v Collingwood

Last Time They Met: Round 18, 2019 The GIANTS thumped Collingwood by 47 points at GIANTS Stadium when the two sides faced off in round 18.
Harry Himmelberg marks against Collingwood in round 18. The two sides meet again on Saturday night.

Where and when: MCG, Saturday September 21, 4.35pm 

TV, radio and online: Click here for broadcast guide

What it means for Collingwood: The chance to progress to a second successive Grand Final – which would be a remarkable achievement after the tumult of 2017 – and another chance to be the finals party pooper for the GIANTS.

What it means for the GIANTS: An opportunity to make their first Grand Final after losing their previous preliminary finals in 2016 and 2017. It would also show great steel to win their third final in a row while missing stars Stephen Coniglio, Lachie Whitfield, Callan Ward and possibly Toby Greene. 

The stat: The GIANTS have lost both of their finals at the MCG, where they have won just two of their past 11 games. The victories were against a depleted Collingwood in round two last year and against Melbourne in round 10 this year.

The match-up: Jeremy Cameron v Darcy Moore
Coleman medallist Cameron (No.64 in the Official AFL Player Ratings) and intercept specialist Moore (down at No.352, affected by injury absences) are set to stage a hard-running, high-flying duel that might well be worth the admission price alone. 

It's a big week for: Josh Kelly
With Whitfield ruled out and Greene another potential absentee, the GIANTS' best remaining playmaker could be required to produce a career-defining performance against a Magpie midfield that is humming. The silky left-footer's finals form has been strong, averaging 24 touches and two goals. He might need to lift that to 30 and three. 

Big call: GIANTS little man Brent Daniels and Pies opponent John Noble to stage a sprint that will remind many of ex-Swan Lewis Jetta burning off Hawk Cyril Rioli in the 2012 Grand Final.