WHERE AND WHEN: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, April 28, 7.10pm ACST
This appears likely to be a comfortable win for Adelaide, despite the mounting injury list at the Crows. However, it would be foolish to write off Gold Coast, with its confidence growing every week under new coach Stuart Dew. The Suns are 3-2 after five rounds, more than halfway through a nine-week road trip forced on them by the Commonwealth Games. After 10 straight losses to the Crows, this could be the Suns’ best chance to end that drought, but beating North Melbourne, Carlton and Brisbane is one thing. Knocking off the Crows at Adelaide Oval, where they are an imposing 28-6 in their past 34 games, is an entirely different proposition. The Crows – also 3-2 – have had players step up. Tom Doedee has taken over Jake Lever’s defensive post, Paul Seedsman is covering for Brodie Smith across half-back and Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Hugh Greenwood are ripping in at stoppages. This a great test for the Suns to see how far they’ve improved this season.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R5, 2017, Adelaide 23.15 (153) d Gold Coast 13.8 (86) at Metricon Stadium
R9, 2016, Adelaide 22.17 (149) d Gold Coast 11.8 (74) at Metricon Stadium
R17, 2015, Adelaide 19.11 (125) d Gold Coast 12.8 (80) at Adelaide Oval
R6, 2015, Adelaide 18.11 (119) d Gold Coast 11.12 (78) at Metricon Stadium
R11, 2014, Adelaide 16.13 (109) d Gold Coast 11.11 (77) at Adelaide Oval
Hutta’s Tip: Adelaide by 30 points.
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