AFL Live Adelaide Crows vs North Melbourne Kangaroos Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, match will be kick off at Adelaide Oval Stadium in South Australia, Australia Sunday 05 April 2015 online, 14.50pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Many are predicting the Saints will finish on the bottom of the ladder again in 2015 whilst the Giants believe that finals are not out of the equation after recruiting well in the off-season
The Adelaide Crows are without first choice midfielders Scott Thompson and Sam Kerridge whilst The Kangaroos are missing key defenders Nathan Grima and Lachie Hansen from their best 22.
These two sides met in NAB 1 with the Crows holding on for a 10 point win. Adelaide then lost to Geelong before impressively beating Port in their final pre-season hit-out. The Kangaroos beat Hawthorn and Richmond in their other two pre-season games.
Taylor Walker v Scott Thompson – The big Tex is now Adelaide’s captain and has an impressive recent round 1 record – kicking 16 goals in his last four opening fixtures. North’s defence has managed to hold him to just 11 goals in his last five games against them and if they are to cause an upset, Scott Thompson will need to be right on his game.
Adelaide has won three of their last four games against North although lost a season-defining game in round 22 to North last year.
Since 2010, North is 3-4 both head-to-head and against the line vs Adelaide.
North has not beaten the Crows in Adelaide since round 21, 2003 – losing their past seven games.
Five of the past six games between these two sides have totalled over 181-points.
Under Brad Scott, the Kangaroos have not won a round 1 fixture, losing all five matches (2-3 against the line).
Adelaide is 2-3 (2-3 against the line) in round 1 matches since 2010.
North Melbourne is 7-8 both head-to-head and against the line outside of Victoria since the start of 2013.
The Crows are both 6-6 head-to-head and at the line at the Adelaide Oval.
Travelling was no fear for North Melbourne in 2014 as they defeated Sydney, Fremantle and West Coast all away on their home turfs. North also got the scalps of fellow finalists Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Richmond but saw their season end in a crushing preliminary final defeat. They are yet again underestimated by the bookies purely on the strength of Adelaide’s win over Port in a meaningless pre-season game and the notion of an Adelaide Oval home ground advantage to Adelaide. North’s list is one of the most balanced in the league having topped up with experienced players for a premiership tilt this year and that starts with getting a win over the Crows.
B: Daniel Talia, Kyle Hartigan, Kyle Cheney
HB Rory Laird, Luke Brown, Matthew Jaensch
C Ricky Henderson, Rory Sloane, Brodie Smith
HF Eddie Betts, Matthew Wright, Nathan Van Berlo
F Taylor Walker, Charlie Cameron, Tom Lynch
Fol Sam Jacobs, Patrick Dangerfield, Richard Douglas
I/C Josh Jenkins, David Mackay, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Jarryd Lyons,
EMG James Podsiadly, Mitch Grigg, Brodie Martin
New Kyle Cheney
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B: Luke McDonald, Scott D. Thompson, Michael Firrito
HB Shaun Atley, Joel Tippett, Jamie Macmillan
C Shaun Higgins, Jack Ziebell, Sam Gibson
HF Daniel Wells, Jarrad Waite, Nick Dal Santo
F Lindsay Thomas, Drew Petrie, Brent Harvey
Fol Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Andrew Swallow
I/C Ryan Bastinac, Sam Wright, Kayne Turner, Ben Brown
EMG Ben Jacobs, Robbie Tarrant, Robin Nahas,
NEW Shaun Higgins, Jarrad Waite