AFL Live Port Adelaide Power vs Gold Coast Suns Streaming Free 2017 Regular Seasons Round 23 match will be kick off at Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Saturday 26 August 2017 online, 19:40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Port Adelaide are currently in fifth position, one game behind fourth placed Richmond and can surpass the Tigers, should that side slip up against St Kilda. However, Sydney loom as a threat and the Swans are just 0.4 of a percent behind the Power.
The Swans take on Carlton and can bridge this gap with a winning margin that is about four goals superior to Port’s result. They take on the Blues earlier on Saturday, while Richmond play on Sunday.
On current form, Port should have no trouble in accounting for the Gold Coast. The Suns season has spiralled and they have lost their past seven matches. Their former coach, Rodney Eade, was sacked a fortnight ago and caretaker coach, Dean Solomon, has overseen a 58-point loss to Brisbane and a 33-point defeat to Essendon in the two weeks since.
The Power have won three of their past four and have toyed with a number of interstate sides throughout the year at the Adelaide Oval. A strength has been their fast scoring and they rank second in the competition for points scored in 2017.
Look for Charlie Dixon to have an impact against his former side, while Robbie Gray and Chad Wingard should also provide Suns defenders plenty of headaches. The Power also enjoy the services of the All-Australian candidate, Paddy Ryder, who has been one of the best ruckman in the competition this year.
For Gold Coast to produce an unlikely upset they will need massive games from the likes of Steven May, Tom Lynch and Pearce Hanley. May will probably line up on Dixon but the Suns lack of depth around the ground should prove telling.
They rank lower in a number of key measures, including contested possession and clearances, while injuries have also taken a toll. The interest in this one may just centre around the margin and whether or not the Power can position themselves above Sydney.
Port Adelaide are set to regain Jasper Pittard from injury, while Jack Hombsch, Aaron Young and Jackson Trengove will be considered. Tom Jonas misses with suspension.
The Gold Coast will include Gary Ablett, if the former Brownlow Medallist is finally able to get over his hamstring injury. If Ablett does get up in time it is widely tipped to be his last game at the Suns, with a move to his former club, Geelong, on the cards.
Port Adelaide have won seven of the eight games between the two sides. Their only loss was way back in 2011, the first time the two sides met. That encounter was the first ever win for the Gold Coast, who joined the league at the start of 2011.
Earlier this year, the Power and the Suns featured in a history making game in China and it was the Port that were way too strong, taking out the Round 8 clash by 72 points. Travis Boak and Chad Winged were prominent that day, while Aaron Hall was the Suns best.
B: R.Bonner, T.Clurey, D.Houston
HB: D.Byrne-Jones, J.Pittard, H.Hartlett
C: J.Westhoff, O.Wines, J.Polec
HF: S.Gray, T.Marshall, R.Gray
F: A.Johnson, C.Dixon, C.Wingard
FOL: P.Ryder, B.Ebert, T.Boak
I/C: S.Powell-Pepper, J.Neade, K.Amon, D.Howard
EMG: J.Trengove, M.White, J.Impey
B: M.Spencer, S.May, T.McKenzie
HB: P.Hanley, C.Ah Chee, A.Saad
C: B.Fiorini, W.Brodie, M.Rosa
HF: J.Harbrow, J.Martin, T.Miller
F: B.Ainsworth, K.Brooksby, D.Macpherson
FOL: P.Wright, D.Swallow, A.Hall
I/C: B.Scheer, J.Lyons, M.Hallahan, J.Joyce
EMG: A.Sexton, J.Leslie, M.Rischitelli
IN: B.Scheer, J.Lyons, W.Brodie
OUT: J.Lonergan, J.Leslie, J.Schoenfeld