Venue: GABBA at 7:25pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R20, 2016, Adelaide 27.15 (177) d Brisbane Lions 6.3 (39) at Adelaide Oval
R21, 2015, Adelaide 20.11 (131) d Brisbane Lions 6.8 (44) at Adelaide Oval
R13, 2015, Adelaide 11.16 (82) d Brisbane Lions 10.9 (69) at the Gabba
R20, 2014, Adelaide 25.18 (168) d Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) at the Gabba
R2, 2013, Adelaide 14.12 (96) d Brisbane Lions 10.17 (77) at the Gabba
Game notes: After two unexpected losses, this appears the perfect game for Adelaide to get its season heading back in the right direction. Despite being humbled by North Melbourne and Melbourne in the past fortnight, the Crows are still flying on top of the ladder. While they’d be foolish to take the young Lions lightly, the Crows’ potent forward line matched up against the competition’s leakiest defence seems the remedy for a return-to-form victory. Meanwhile, after their opening round win against Gold Coast, the Lions have lost seven straight, but were more than competitive in last Saturday’s loss to Hawthorn in Launceston. They are short on experience through the midfield, but have shown a willingness to move the ball quickly and have rattled up big scores in quarters to remain a threat. They are a dangerous opponent. It’s the Lions’ only game at the Gabba in a five-week span, but Adelaide should return to the winner’s circle in this one.
Thommo’s Tip: Adelaide by 60 points.
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