AFL finals 2020 LIVE updates: Mission impossible? Collingwood Magpies face West Coast Eagles in elimination final at Optus Stadium

History favours West Coast

West Coast head into this contest in superb form, having won 11 of their last 13 games. Conversely, Collingwood have only won five of their last 10.

On top of that, the Eagles have won their last eight games at Optus Stadium, including all seven this year – one of which was an 11-goal smashing of Collingwood.

West Coast have also won five of their last six meetings with the Magpies.

No late changes

Both teams will head into this contest as selected

In: Jack Redden, Jamie Cripps, Jeremy McGovern, Luke Shuey
Out: Bailey Williams (omitted), Josh Rotham (injured), Luke Foley (omitted), Will Schofield (omitted)

In: Chris Mayne, Darcy Cameron
Out: Travis Varcoe (omitted), Tyler Brown (omitted)

Jeremy McGovern.Credit:Getty Images

Incredible rivalry resumes

These two sides share arguably the most epic finals rivalry of the AFL era.

They have been involved in two draws in 1990 and 2007, the latter won by Collingwood in extra time, a thrilling qualifying final in 1994 and of course the legendary 2018 grand final.

However, the finals ledger is ever so slightly in Collingwood's favour 4-3-1.

Tonight's milestones

Brodie Grundy (Coll) – 150 games
Taylor Adams (Coll) – 150 games

Brodie Grundy.Credit:Getty Images

Jake Niall's preview

Here's how the chief football writer of The Age sees this cut-throat contest.

Greetings, everybody!

Hello and welcome everyone to our rolling coverage of the First Elimination Final between West Coast and Collingwood from Optus Stadium.

The winner of this one will face Geelong next week in the First Semi-Final, presumably at the Gabba.

There's no tomorrow for the loser. The Eagles are the warm favourites, but Collingwood do have a happy knack of travelling well in recent years.

Could the Magpies spring a surprise? We will find out in a couple of hours' time!

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