AFL: Sydney Swans v Collingwood Magpies

A Friday night spectacular, as two of the AFL's glamour clubs come together in what promises to be one of the matches of the year.

Collingwood are still smarting from last year's grand final defeat at the hands of the West Coast Eagles, and are out to remind everyone about their 2019 aspirations moving toward this years' finals series.

The Magpies' inspirational leader Scott Pendlebury, flanked by Adam Treloar, Dayne Beams and Steele Sidebottom, will no doubt cause plenty of headaches for John Longmire's red and white army.

Sydney's 'big men' led by Darcy Cameron, Lance Franklin and Dane Rampe will be keen to get the upper hand in the early moments, so expect some willing exchanges, possibly even before the opening whistle.

Friday night's at the Sydney Cricket Ground are a fan favourite and the local Surry Hills and and Paddington pubs will be heaving in the lead up to kick-off. 

Arrive early by public transport, with buses available from Central Railway Station, or make use of limited parking at the ground.