Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne Demons AFL Match Set On Adelaide Oval, Oval Saturday 03 May 2014,16: 40 (AEDT)
The Adelaide Crows must be close to calling on key forward Taylor Walker as he continues his comeback from an ACL injury, whilst Ben Rutten will need to prove his fitness in order to take his place after missing the last two weeks. For Melbourne, Max Gawn dominated in the VFL and could be called upon to partner Mark Jamar in the ruck.
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The Dees are 1-5 through the first six rounds. Their last three weeks have been encouraging, beating Carlton before two respectable losses to Gold Coast and Sydney in the past fortnight. After three early losses, the Crows are in form after winning three straight beating St Kilda, GWS and the Bulldogs.
Adelaide continued their dominance over Melbourne at home last year in round 22. Scott Thompson had 33 disposals, seven tackles and a goal to earn himself the three Brownlow votes. Lewis Johnston kicked six goals and Brad Crouch had 31 possessions. For the Dees, Jack Watts, Colin Sylvia and Jeremy Howe all kicked two goals.
Adelaide has played Melbourne 32 times with an all-time record of 21-11 including the last two wins. Melbourne has not won in Adelaide since round 2, 2001 losing their past 17 matches in the city of churches. The Crows have won five of the past seven matches against Melbourne. The Dees have not won outside of Melbourne since round 21, 2012. Melbourne is 3-14 (4-12 against the line) when travelling outside of Victoria since 2011. Melbourne rank last in points per game in 2014, Adelaide are 3rd. Adelaide rank 8th in inside 50’s with 52 per game, whilst the Dees are also last averaging just 41 forward 50 entries per game.
B: Sam Shaw, Daniel Talia, Matthew Jaensch
HB: Brodie Smith, Kyle Hartigan, Luke Brown
C: Sam Kerridge, Patrick Dangerfield, David Mackay
HF: Eddie Betts, James Podsiadly, Jared Petrenko
F: Tom Lynch, Josh Jenkins, Matthew Wright
Fol: Sam Jacobs, Scott Thompson, Rory Sloane
I/C: Brent Reilly, Mitch Grigg, Rory Laird, Matt Crouch
Emg: Andy Otten, Ben Rutten, Brodie Martin
In: No Change
B: Tom McDonald, Lynden Dunn, Alex Georgiou
HB: Jack Grimes, James Frawley, Dean Terlich
C: Dom Tyson, Bernie Vince, Jack Watts
HF: Rohan Bail, Cameron Pedersen, Matt Jones
F: Jack Viney, Chris Dawes, Jeremy Howe
Fol: Mark Jamar, Daniel Cross, Nathan Jones
I/C: Christian Salem, Neville Jetta, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Shannon Byrnes
Emg: Aidan Riley, Max Gawn, Mitchell Clisby
In: No Change