Venue: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, April 15, 7.10pm ACST
Last Time They Met: R19, 2016, Adelaide Crows 22.11 (143) d Essendon 9.7 (61) at Adelaide Oval
R20, 2015, Adelaide Crows 27.9 (171) d Essendon 8.11 (59) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: The ladder-leading Crows are genuine premiership contenders after an unbeaten start to the season in the opening three rounds. After impressive wins against Greater Western Sydney and Hawthorn, the Crows survived a fightback from Port Adelaide to prevail in Showdown 42 last weekend. How much of a physical toll that game has taken out of them will be one of the key questions heading into Saturday’s encounter with the Bombers, who will be desperate to bounce back from their upset loss to Carlton. The wet conditions at the MCG played a part in the result, so this is a chance for the Bombers to get a true gauge of their progress. There’s no bigger test in the AFL than taking on the red-hot Crows on their home deck.
Father Dougal’s Tip: Adelaide by 18
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