AFL Live Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne Demons Stream AFL 2017 Regular Seasons Round 08 match will be kick off at Adelaide Oval Stadium, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Saturday 13 May 2017 online, 19:40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
After dropping their Round 7 clash to North Melbourne, the Adelaide Crows get their chance to bounce back when they take on the Melbourne Demons at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday night, May 13.
The 7.40PM clash pits the ladder leading Crows up against 10th placed Melbourne and will be broadcast on Fox Sports. AFL Live Vision is also available to ALL CrownBet members. Every Match, wherever you are.
Adelaide are a game clear on the top of the AFL ladder and take on a Melbourne side that were rolled by Hawthorn by three points at the MCG last weekend.
After a promising start to the year, the Demons have lost four of their past five and have struggled with the absence of Max Gawn in the ruck after the big man went down with a hamstring injury a few weeks ago.
Adelaide’s Sam Jacobs ranks 5th in the competition for total hitouts and in the absence of Gawn the big ‘sauce’ should have no trouble in giving the likes of Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch first use of the ball.
Sloane comes off a quiet game last weekend, when the previously unbeaten Crows went down to North Melbourne by 59 points.
That game was lost in the first quarter after the Roos slammed on 10 goals to nothing. Adelaide will look to address their slow starts as they were also sluggish against Richmond a fortnight ago before overcoming the Tigers.
Melbourne will need big game from Jack Viney and Nathan Jones but will look to some of their lesser lights to shine and play four quarters of solid footy. Christian Petracca, Christian Salem and Tomas Bugg are among those that need to lift and were in and out of the game against the Hawks last week.
Statistically, the two sides compare similarly in terms of possession. Both figure among the top teams for total disposals. Adelaide have won more contested possessions, while Melbourne are in front in terms of uncontested possession.
A key difference is Adelaide’s potent attack. The Crows average a whopping 127 points per game and have been lethal at Adelaide Oval this year.
It is hard to see Melbourne’s back six limiting the likes of Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts but if they use the Kangaroos game as a blueprint, they are an outside chance of causing an upset.
B: J.Kelly, D.Talia, L.Brown
HB: R.Laird, K.Hartigan, D.Mackay
C: R.Sloane, R.Douglas, B.Smith
HF: T.Lynch, J.Jenkins, W.Milera
F: A.Otten, T.Walker, E.Betts
FOL: S.Jacobs, R.Atkins, M.Crouch
I/C: B.Crouch, C.Hampton, C.Cameron, T.Menzel
EMG: J.Gallucci, H.Greenwood, R.O’Brien
IN: T.Menzel, W.Milera
OUT: R.Knight, J.Lever
B: M.Hibberd, T.McDonald, N.Jetta
HB: J.Hunt, S.Frost, B.Vince
C: N.Jones, J.Viney, C.Salem
HF: C.Petracca, J.Watts, C.Oliver
F: J.Garlett, S.Weideman, M.Hannan
FOL: C.Pedersen, J.Lewis, D.Tyson
I/C: D.Kent, O.McDonald, T.Bugg, J.Wagner
EMG: B.Stretch, J.Harmes, A.Neal-Bullen
IN: D.Kent, S.Weideman
OUT: J.Kennedy-Harris, J.Hogan