Sydney has its best chance to break a Magpie hoodoo which has plagued them over the past seven years.
The Magpies have won their past ten encounters against their feathery counterparts by an average of 26 points.
Of those ten encounters, six have been played at ANZ Stadium, three at the MCG and one at Etihad Stadium.
The last time Sydney defeated the Magpies, it was by a single solitary point where an Alan Didak goal was disallowed after the livewire forward, then in his fourth season, had kicked the ball as the siren sounded.
This season has seen the rise of the Swans from competitive battler to premiership contender, defeating Hawthorn, West Coast and Geelong.
They sit atop the AFL Ladder after Round 19 and have won their last nine matches.
This week they go into their clash with their best chance of ending the streak which will stand at 2559 days since they last sung the song against the Magpies.
Adam Goodes and Shane Mumford have picked up some form after injuries earlier in the year while Josh Kennedy, Kieran Jack and Jarrad McVeigh have impressed all year.
The Swans’ midfield group must be up to the test, pitted against the one of the strongest in the league with Scott Pendlebury, Dayne Beams and Jarryd Blair all in form. Both sides will be missing a star onballer with the Swans losing Jude Bolton to the injury and the Pies losing Dane Swan to club suspension.
Ted Richards looks likely to take the out-of-form Travis Cloke who booted six goals in the thrilling six-point win last year.
Shane Mumford prepares to challenge the man he replaced at the Swans, Darren Jolly, after Jolly arguably had his best game of the season against the Saints last week with 21 disposals, 30 hitouts and two goals.
Aside from a 20-goal belting against the Giants, the Pies’ form hasn’t been great over the past month, copping a belting from premiership favourites Hawthorn and then losing to an underdone Carlton.
They managed to sneak home against the Saints with their only impressive game coming against the Cats where they dominated for a half before easing it out for a five-goal win.
The Swans have managed to knock off Carlton, Essendon, Geelong and West Coast in their nine-game winning streak.
The myth that Sydney can’t win away from home has been dispelled this season, defeating sides at Etihad, Metricon and most impressively, Subiaco.
However, the one obstacle still standing in their way is the MCG. Their only game this season came against Richmond which they lost. Will they be able to perform there in finals?
This week they need not travel as they meet their demons against the sporadic Collingwood,a team Sydney should beat based on form.
While most had written the wans off this season, they have kept defying the odds, and now they face their greatest challenge – breaking a ten-game losing streak at the hands of the Magpies.
The Sydney of old may not have been able to deliver the four points, but the new Sydney is capable of anything, and this week the Swans may very well feast on some very delicious pie – Magpie.