Australian Football League Live Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide Power Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 02 math will be kick off at Adelaide Oval Stadium, South Australia, Australia, Saturday 02 April 2016 online, 01.45 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Both teams played hard-fought matches in Round 1, with Adelaide going down narrowly to North away, while Port took a long time to shake off a gallant St Kilda at home.
Adelaide has dropped Nathan van Berlo for Kyle Hartigan, exchanging out a small backman for a tall defender in a clear nod to being concerned about the three Port tall forwards – Charlie Dixon, Jay Schulz and Justin Westhoff. Port has lost one of their speedsters, Matthew White, to injury, but unveils Jimmy Toumpas for the first time. The ex-Demon and former No. 4 draft pick was much-maligned at Melbourne, but gets his chance to impress at a new club.
Adelaide were seen as a value bet despite being away from home against North, but couldn’t get the job done despite leading for the majority of the night. Their midfield lacked a game-changer, keenly felt after Patrick Dangerfield’s defection.
Port struggled all match to put away a resilient St Kilda, and in fact were behind for most of the game. Some individual brilliance from the likes of Robbie Gray, Chad Wingard and Charlie Dixon was able to account for a tiring Saints outfit late.
Port is ahead in Showdown matches 4-2 since Ken Hinkley took charge of the Power, but the last two years have seen these games split 1-1 during each season, which means that the teams are 2-2 since these matches have been played at Adelaide Oval.
Since Ken Hinkley’s arrival at Port, five of the six Showdown’s have seen a total match score of 200+, which is important given the over/under here is 199.5. Eddie Betts has kicked four goals or more in three of his four Showdown’s.
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How about some value first up here with Sam Gray ($17) to win the Showdown medal. Gray had 37 touches last week and with Port favourites to win ($1.90), he’s the one to be on. Robbie Gray is paying $17 to kick the first goal and $15 to kick the most goals for the match. He slotted 4.2 goals last week and 3.0 against the Crows in their most recent Showdown. Finally, get on Brad Crouch as well to have the most handballs in group A ($6.50). He’s a ‘handball happy’ machine and I won’t be surprised if he gives off over 20 on Saturday afternoon.
Port were powerless to stop St Kilda from scoring freely for three quarters, and the Adelaide forward-line is much more laden with talent. The Saints also scored a lot of goals strolling in from the goal-square after breaking through the Port press, and no-one is smarter at exploiting those opportunities than Eddie Betts. Port will once again rely on their stars to get the job done, while the Crows will be relying from an even contribution from their midfielders. Backing the outsider is always a value bet in a Showdown or Derby.
B Jake Lever, Kyle Hartigan, Luke Brown
HB Brodie Smith, Daniel Talia, Rory Laird
C Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson, Paul Seedsman
HF Mitch McGovern, Tom Lynch, Rory Atkins
F Josh Jenkins, Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts
FOL Sam Jacobs, Brad Crouch, Richard Douglas
I/C David Mackay, Kyle Cheney, Wayne Milera, Matt Crouch
EMG Riley Knight, Jarryd Lyons, Sam Shaw
Out: N.Van Berlo
Port Adelaide Power:
B Jack Hombsch, Alipate Carlile, Jasper Pittard
HB Hamish Hartlett, Jackson Trengove, Matthew Broadbent
C Jimmy Toumpas, Ollie Wines, Brad Ebert
HF Jake Neade, Charlie Dixon, Chad Wingard
F Robbie Gray, Jay Schulz, Justin Westhoff
FOL Matthew Lobbe, Travis Boak, Sam Gray
I/C Jared Polec, Jarman Impey, Brendon Ah Chee, Tom Jonas
EMG Karl Amon, Dougal Howard, Aaron Young
Out: M.White (pectoral tear)
New: Jimmy Toumpas (Melbourne)