We take a look at tonight’s block buster AFL Preliminary Final between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats. Both teams are playing for a spot in the Grand Final with the Crows heading into the match as the short priced favourites. The Crows haven’t really put a foot wrong this year whilst the Cats have been up and down in the past few months but their win over Sydney showed they can beat anyone. View the teams for both sides as well as the odds and our tips.
When: Friday, September 22, 7.50pm (AEST)
Where: Adelaide Oval
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Geelong were magnificent against Sydney and if they bring that to Adelaide, then the Crows are in for a game and a half.
I just don’t know whether they can.
Tom Lonergan will come back and I suspect Rhys Stanley will sit this one out.
A hamstring injury to Mitch McGovern helps Geelong if he doesn’t play, but remember they do get Rory Sloane back.
I love the little break for the Crows away from the bunker that is Adelaide, but I don’t like Josh Jenkins’ sly crack at Patrick Dangerfield about a premiership.
Joshy boy, you haven’t won a prelim yet, let alone a grand final.
The coaching effort of Chris Scott against the Swans was sensational.
Sticking Danger in the square was outstanding.
It totally mucked up the Swans’ defence. They couldn’t have the third man up against a tall forward.
It was one-on-one and Danger beats everyone.
They might do the same this week because it worked.
It pushed Tom ‘The Hawk’ Hawkins up field and out of the way.
He was just a wrecking ball and smashed everyone.
Watch the replay, he threw his body at everyone, because he knew Danger needed clear air.
Outstanding game from him and Steven Motlop and they have to do it again.
Adelaide might just be too good.
They were the best team in the home and away season.
They smashed the Giants and they could smash the Cats.
The Cats need to put a hold on Tex Walker and Eddie Betts while the Crows only have to look at Danger.
The weather could play a huge hand and I think this will be a tight battle.
Leaning towards the Crows and if they get an early lead, they could jump out to an unbeatable margin.
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Adelaide at $1.41
Geelong at $3.05
Tip: Adelaide at $1.41
Line tip: Adelaide -17.5
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B: R.Laird, D.Talia, J.Lever
HB: L.Brown, K.Hartigan, J.Kelly
C: R.Atkins, R.Sloane, D.Mackay
HF: R.Douglas, T.Walker, C.Cameron
F: T.Lynch, J.Jenkins, E.Betts
FOLL: S.Jacobs, B.Crouch, M.Crouch
I/C: R.Knight, P.Seedsman, H.Greenwood, A.Otten
EMG: W.Milera, A.Keath, R.O’Brien
IN: A.Otten, R.Sloane
OUT: B.Smith (Knee), M.McGovern (Hamstring)
B: T.Stewart, T.Lonergan, Z.Tuohy
HB: A.Mackie, L.Henderson, J.Bews
C: M.Duncan, J.Selwood, M.Blicavs
HF: S.Motlop, H.Taylor, D.Lang
F: D.Menzel, P.Dangerfield, T.Hawkins
FOLL: Z.Smith, S.Menegola, S.Selwood
I/C: N.Cockatoo, J.Kolodjashnij, B.Parfitt, R.Stanley
EMG: Z.Guthrie, J.Murdoch, J.Parsons
IN: T.Lonergan, N.Cockatoo
OUT: J.Parsons (omitted), Z.Guthrie (omitted)