Venue: MCG at 1:45pm AEDT
Last Time They Met: R5, 2016, Hawthorn 17.10 (112) d Adelaide 17.7 (109) at the MCG
Game notes: Some worrying signs emerged for the Hawks in their 25-point loss to Essendon in the season opener on Saturday. In particular they looked slow and were susceptible to the high ball in defence. Guess what? The Crows are irresistible when they move the ball at speed through the midfield, and their tall forward combination, set to be boosted by the return of skipper Taylor Walker, is the most dangerous in the competition. The round five clash between these two clubs at the MCG last year was a clinker, decided at the end by Paul Puopolo’s clinically executed set shot, but after last week’s return of 12.19 the Hawks need to convert better. There will be no panic stations yet at Hawthorn, but it is difficult to pick against the Crows given how impressive they were in thrashing the flag favourite Giants.
Thommo’s Tip: As much as I hate to say it, Adelaide by 20 points.
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