Where and when: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, May 25, 4.05pm ACST
Last time they met: Adelaide Oval, round 15, 2018: Adelaide 12.16 (88) beat West Coast 12.6 (78)
The Crows came from 27 points down in the third quarter, booting six consecutive goals to stun the Eagles. Co-captain Taylor Walker led the way brilliantly with three second-half goals, while Rory Laird and Matt Crouch had big games.
What it means for Adelaide: The Crows (seventh, 5-4) will be looking to bounce back after last weekend’s nail-biting one-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba.
What it means for West Coast: The reigning premiers (sixth, 6-3) are aiming for their fourth straight victory, which could put them inside the top four by the end of the round.
How Adelaide wins: The Crows need to improve their forward pressure and lock the ball inside their attacking half of the ground. They also can’t kick long and high into the forward line and allow the Eagles’ defenders to pick them off with ease.
How West Coast wins: Expose the Crows with their pace on the outside. Small forwards Willie Rioli, Liam Ryan and Jack Petruccelle all have the leg speed to trouble the Crows’ defenders.
The stat: The Eagles don’t have any fears about playing at Adelaide Oval, having won seven of their nine games at the venue. They are 2-2 against the Crows at the ground in four meetings.
The match-up: Daniel Talia v Josh Kennedy
The experienced Crows defender will have another tough challenge, going up against one of the premier key forwards in the competition. Talia is the highest-ranked key defender at the Crows in the Official AFL Player Ratings, and 156th overall, while Kennedy – coming off four goals against Melbourne last weekend – is the second-highest ranked key forward at the Eagles, behind Jack Darling, and 177th overall.
It’s a big week for: Taylor Walker
The Crows co-captain needs one goal to reach 400 goals for his career. He’s second on the club’s all-time goalkicking list, behind only mercurial high-flyer Tony Modra on 440.
Thommos’s Tip: Crows by 6 points.
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