Where and when: the Gabba, Saturday May 18, 2.10pm AEST
Last time they met: the Gabba, round 18, 2018: Adelaide 13.15 (93) defeated Brisbane 13.10 (88)
Adelaide put a halt to Brisbane’s three-game winning streak with a nail-biting late-season victory. Matt Crouch (40 disposals) dominated in the midfield, while Hugh Greenwood kicked four goals – and hit the post twice – to lead the attack in the absence of suspended skipper Taylor Walker.
What it means for Brisbane: Victory would likely push the Lions back into the top four and erase Saturday’s loss to the Western Bulldogs. Brisbane has won three out of its four matches at the Gabba this year, a trend it would like to continue as it searches for a true home ground advantage.
What it means for Adelaide: It doesn’t seem that long ago the Crows were getting hammered for a slow start to their season – now they’re sitting in third place on the ladder. A fourth straight win here, interstate, would start to justify the pre-season hype and help separate the Crows as a top-four candidate.
How Brisbane wins: Get back to the pressure level that has defined its early-season success. With some question marks over their defence, the Lions rely on winning the contested ball and keeping it in their forward 50.
How Adelaide wins: In Brisbane’s three losses this season, the opposition blueprint is there. Match the Lions around the contest and if you can get the ball inside 50 quickly, to one-on-one contests, you can usually have success scoring. Got to win the ball in tight first, though.
The stat: Three-time All Australian Jeremy McGovern has taken 26 intercept marks this season – but that doesn’t lead the competition. The man with that honour is Adelaide defender Alex Keath, who has 28.
The match-up: Darcy Gardiner v Tom Lynch
Gardiner looks perfectly suited to play on Adelaide’s third tall forward. Lynch is quietly having another excellent season, averaging 21 disposals and six marks and is the perfect link between the Crows’ midfield and forward line.
It’s a big week for: Charlie Cameron
It’s been more than 18 months since Cameron left the Crows following the 2017 Grand Final, but after foot surgery wiped out the second half of last year, this will be the first time the small forward has faced his former club.
Big call: Brisbane to be the first team to score 100 points this season against the Crows
Mottsy’s Tip: Lions by 10 points
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