WHERE AND WHEN: Adelaide Oval at 7:20pm ACST
This will be the game the Western Bulldogs find out where they truly sit in the grand scheme of things. The Bulldogs’ four wins this season – including the past three in a row – were against sides 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th on the ladder. Knocking off Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, a ground where the Crows are hard to beat, would be a feather in the cap for Luke Beveridge’s young side. It’s also a huge game for the fourth-placed Crows as they aim to move above the logjam of teams with a 5-3 win-loss record. The dramatic finish to last weekend’s Showdown loss will make the Crows hungry to end their month-long stretch of Adelaide Oval games on the right side of the ledger. Midfielder Jack Macrae has been brilliant for the Bulldogs, but expect Matt Crouch, Bryce Gibbs, Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Hugh Greenwood to ensure he doesn’t have things his own way.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R16, 2017, Adelaide 16.8 (104) d Western Bulldogs 5.15 (45) at Adelaide Oval
R7, 2016, Western Bulldogs 18.15 (123) d Adelaide 17.6 (108) at Etihad Stadium
2EF, 2015, Adelaide 16.13 (109) d Western Bulldogs 14.18 (102) at the MCG
R4, 2015, Western Bulldogs 18.17 (125) d Adelaide 10.8 (68) at Etihad Stadium
R6, 2014, Adelaide 13.14 (92) d Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) at Etihad Stadium
Thommo’s Tip: The Crows by 20 points
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