Australian Football League Live Hawthorn Hawks vs Adelaide Crows Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 05 match will be kick off at MCG Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Friday 22 April 2016 online, 19.50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Another bumper weekend of AFL football looms this weekend and the action kicks off on Friday night when Hawthorn host the Adelaide Crows at the MCG.
The Round 5 encounter between the two sides is one of the matches of the round. Both teams head into this having won their past three games but it is the Hawks that will start as solid favourites at their home ground.
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Hawthorn dropped their Round 1 clash against Geelong but have responded in style by winning their past three games. While they have struggled to string together four quarters of footy in the past two weeks, they have managed to find narrowly defeat both the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda in recent weeks.
Alistair Clarkson’s men headed into their recent clash without a number of their premiership players but produced a gritty performance to defeat the Saints by three points at Launceston. However, the premiers will need to improve on that effort if they are to knock Adelaide over on Friday.
The Crows have a very similar formline to the Hawks in that they have won their past three after losing their opener round game.
Don Pyke’s side venture to Victoria after holding off Sydney by 10 points in what was a pulsating encounter at the Adelaide Oval in Round 4.
Despite the absence of Patrick Dangerfield, who crossed to Geelong in the off-season, the Crows are ranked first in the competition for clearances and centre clearances and will have an advantage over Hawthorn, who have struggled in this area in recent weeks.
With Scott Thompson, Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch all getting plenty of it in the middle, the flow on effect has meant that the Crows forwards have been getting plenty of supply. Eddie Betts, Tom Lynch, Josh Jenkins and Taylor Walker have kicked over 40 goals between them in the Crows four matches to date.
The Hawks back six will need to beat at their best to stop that quartet of players and should be bolstered by the likely inclusion of Josh Gibson, who missed Round 4 with hamstring tightness.
Sam Mitchell will again be one of the keys for the Hawks and the 33-year-old is arguably having his best season to date. The veteran playmaker is averaging a lazy 36 possessions this year and comes off a career-high of 44 the win against the Saints last weekend.
The Hawks best and fairest from 2015, Josh Gibson, will return to take on the Crows, as will Ryan Schoenmakers. Daniel Howe and Tim O’Brien might be the unlucky pair to make way.
With the exception of Brad Crouch, Adelaide have no real injury concerns. Sam Jacobs copped a knock to his knee in the win against Sydney but should be right to go on Friday.
A key reference for this game was last year’s Semi Final that was played out between the two sides at the MCG. After losing to West Coast the previous week, a rampant Hawthorn came out with their backs against the wall and thumped the Crows to the tune of 74 points.
Luke Breust kicked six for the Hawks, while Luke Hodge chimed in with four and Sam Mitchell gathered 33 possessions. Sam Jacobs and Scott Thompson played well for Adelaide but Ben Stratton held Eddie Betts goalless. Those two should renew hostilities again on Friday.
Looking beyond that encounter, the Hawks have won their past six against the Crows by an average margin of 31 points.
After a slightly below par performance against St Kilda last weekend, expect the Hawks to bring their A-game to the MCG, where an in-form Adelaide Crows side await.
The game will be an entertaining affair and should be a lot closer than the Semi Final of last year but the Hawks class will get them over the line.
Hawthorn by 21 points.
B: S.Burgoyne, J.Frawley, T.Duryea
HB: J.Gibson, B.Stratton, G.Birchall
C: L.Shiels, J.Lewis, I.Smith
HF: L.Breust, T.O’Brien, P.Puopolo
F: J.Sicily, J.Gunston, C.Rioli
Foll: B.McEvoy, S.Mitchell, L.Hodge
I/C: B.Hill, J.Ceglar, B.Hartung, W.Langford
EMG: B.Whitecross, D.Howe, K.Brand
IN J.Gibson, B.Hill
OUT A.Litherland, D.Howe
B: J.Lever, D.Talia, R.Laird
HB:K.Cheney, K.Hartigan, L.Brown
C: D.Mackay, S.Thompson, B.Smith
HF: C.Cameron, T.Lynch, E.Betts
F: J.Jenkins, T.Walker, J.Lyons
Foll: S.Jacobs, R.Sloane, M.Crouch
I/C: P.Seedsman, R.Atkins, R.Douglas, M.McGovern
EMG: R.Knight, N.Van Berlo, C.Ellis-Yolmen
OUT W.Milera (quad)