Venue: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, April 8, 7.10pm ACST
Last Time They Met: R22, 2016, Adelaide 15.19 (109) d Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) at Adelaide Oval
R2, 2016, Adelaide 22.12 (144) d Port Adelaide 11.20 (86) at Adelaide Oval
Game notes: Any Showdown gets the blood boiling among South Australian footy fans, but the odds are so much greater this time around. Not only is it the 20th anniversary of this encounter since the Power entered the competition in 1997, but the cross-town rivals occupy the top two spots on the ladder. The Power have been ultra-impressive in beating grand finalist Sydney at the SCG in round one before smashing Fremantle last week. This is the true litmus test of how far Ken Hinkley’s men have improved over the summer. Brilliant victories against Greater Western Sydney and Hawthorn have confirmed Adelaide as a genuine premiership contender. The Crows will be desperate to keep the Power in their place.
Father Dougal’s Tip: Port by 6
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