Dustin Martin attempts to weave out of trouble in Round 6. Photo: Michael Klein
Dustin Martin attempts to weave out of trouble in Round 6. Photo: Michael Klein

Premiership rivals poised to break 41-year record

TWO of the AFL biggest rivals are set to break records on Saturday afternoon at the MCG.

Saturday's huge clash between premiership hopefuls Richmond and Collingwood is set to be the second-highest attended match ever between the two clubs.

Both clubs are inside the top four, with 2017 premiers Richmond hunting back-to-back flags - while the Magpies are set to play finals for the first time since 2013.

The highest home and away attendance between the two clubs is 92,436, occurring at the MCG in Round 4 1977 and the Melbourne Cricket Club are expecting footy fans to give that figure a crack on Saturday.

Melbourne Cricket Club spokesman Shane Brown told foxfooty.com.au that the MCG were expecting a "crowd in excess of 85,000" - with only two games in 2018 breaking the 85,000 barrier.

After winning the premiership, Tigers fans were out in droves to watch the club unfurl the premiership flag in Round 1, when 90,151 people crammed into the MCG in the season's opener against Carlton.

Richmond unveiled their 2017 premiership flag in Round 1. Photo: Michael Klein
Richmond unveiled their 2017 premiership flag in Round 1. Photo: Michael Klein

While the big Anzac Day clash between the Magpies and Collingwood drew a crowd of 91,440 into the MCG in Round 5.

When the two clubs met in the 1980 Grand Final at the MCG, 113,461 packed into the MCG - but that figure won't be repeated - with the MCG's current capacity being 100,036.

The Tigers are closing in on 100,000 members for the first time in AFL history and there's no doubt the Tiger Army will be out in force, along with the Pies supporters in the finals like match-up.

 

Steele Sidebottom attempts to tackle Dustin Martin. Photo: Michael Klein
Steele Sidebottom attempts to tackle Dustin Martin. Photo: Michael Klein

The clash between the two clubs in Round 6 drew 72,157, when Richmond ran out 43-point winners.

The early forecast for Saturday is partly cloudy with a top of 15 degrees.

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