Australian Football League Live Richmond Tigers vs Adelaide Crows Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 03 math will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 09 April 2016 online, 02.10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
For aspiring finalists, there’s always a big difference between 2-1 and 1-2 after three rounds of an AFL season. Which team will be which after this match?
Damien Hardwick has swung the axe as he looks for the right balance for his side, dropping Taylor Hunt after an exceedingly poor game, Ben Griffiths who just can’t get involved, and Jacob Townsend, who is tough, but not providing enough drive.
Troy Chaplin comes in for the injured Dylan Grimes to ensure the Tigers have three defensive talls, and three forwards join him on the in list – Shane Edwards, Ben Lennon and Daniel Rioli.
Richmond have once again produced their now-traditional sluggish start to the season, struggling to shake off Carlton in Round 1, and unable to defeat Collingwood in Round 2 in what was a very poor game of football. The Tigers aren’t attacking well, and can’t find their running game.
Adelaide are coming off a blazing Showdown victory where they kicked 22 goals, including 15 between Tom Lynch, Eddie Betts and Josh Jenkins. They needed a win after not being able to hold off North’s late challenge in Round 1, despite leading for most of the night.
Adelaide hasn’t beaten Richmond in Victoria since 2008, albeit they’ve only played twice there in the intervening years. Richmond leads 4-3 in all matches between the clubs since 2010.
Scott Thompson has been the leading possession winner on the ground the last three times he’s played the Tigers, and averages exactly 30 disposals per match in his last five outings against them.
Richmond are one of four teams not to cover the line in either round so far, while Adelaide are one of four teams to cover the line both times.
With Brad on the sidelines, watch little brother Matt Crouch step-up. Paying $5.25 to have 30+ touches, this may be the best value bet for the weekend.Brandon Ellis is another to consider for ‘most marks’ ($7.50) as I can see him floating free all afternoon. He pulled down 7 last week and can grab double figures on his day.
Adelaide have played two very good games of football, moving the ball sharply and scoring heavily, while Richmond have been lacking in most areas.
Etihad Stadium suits the Crows more than it does the Tigers, as they’re more capable of playing fast footy than their slow-moving opponents, even if Richmond has tried to address this at selection, adding some speed to their line-up.
The odds in this match are wrong, and seemingly based on pre-season predictions that saw Richmond challenging for top four and Adelaide slipping back after losing Patrick Dangerfield. Adelaide should be much firmer favourites than they are.
B: D.Astbury, A.Rance, T.Chaplin
HB: N.Vlastuin, B.Houli, B.Ellis
C: C.Menadue, S.Grigg, K.McIntosh
HF: K.Lambert, D.Martin, J.Short
F: J.Riewoldt, S.Lloyd, D.Rioli
R: S.Hampson, S.Edwards, T.Cotchin
I/C: A.Miles, T.Vickery, C.Ellis, B.Lennon
EMG: B.Griffiths, T.Hunt, O.Markov
IN: T.Chaplin, S.Edwards, B.Lennon, D.Rioli
OUT: B.Griffiths (Omitted), D.Grimes (Hamstring), T.Hunt (Omitted), J.Townsend (Omitted)
B: L.Brown, D.Talia, K.Hartigan
HB: R.Laird, J.Lever, K.Cheney
C: P.Seedsman, S.Thompson, B.Smith
HF: M.McGovern, T.Lynch, R.Douglas
F: E.Betts, T.Walker, J.Jenkins
R: S.Jacobs, R.Sloane, M.Crouch
I/C: B.Crouch, D.Mackay, R.Atkins, W.Milera
EMG: R.Knight, N.Van Berlo, J.Lyons