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Adelaide Crows v Western Bulldogs Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Crows to chalk up a percentage booster

Adam Cusworth 15 May 2018
  • The Crows and the Bulldogs open up AFL Round 9 on Friday night. Here is our preview of the Adelaide Oval clash

Round 9 of the AFL home and away season gets underway when the Adelaide Crows take on the Western Bulldogs at the Adelaide Oval. 

The Friday May 18 clash gets underway at 7.50PM and the action can be seen on Channel 7 and Fox Sports. 

Match Preview


Adelaide are currently 4th on the ladder and the Western Bulldogs are 13th. However, only one game separates the two sides with the Crows winning five from eight, while the Dogs are four and four. 

The Crows head in as strong favourites on the back of the home ground advantage and their solid showing in 2017, that saw them finish runner-up. The Crows dropped their Round 8 game to Port Adelaide in the dying stages by five points and will be keen to atone for that defeat. 

On the same weekend, the Western Bulldogs held out the Brisbane Lions by 14 points and the 2016 premiers have now won three in a row, with other victories in that time period occurring against the Gold Coast Suns and Carlton. 

Luke Beveridge's side should find enough of the football against the Crows on Friday night. They rank 3rd in the competition for total disposals and one of the stars has been Jack Macrae, who racked up 47 touches last weekend. Lachie Hunter and Toby McLean are others that have been finding their fare share of the footy in 2018. 

The issue for the Bulldogs may be their finishing off in front of goal. While they booted 16 goals last weekend against Brisbane with Marcus Bontempelli nothing up four of those, they have generally struggled in front of goal and are averaging just 78 points per game this year. Facing the Crows is also a bit of a step up compared to some of the opponents that have taken on of late. 

Look for the home side to get on top at winning the contested possessions and clearances. Key players include Bryce Gibbs, Rory Laird and Sam Jacobs, as well as their forwards such as Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker and Josh Jenkins. It remains to be seen if Jacobs will play with his wife expecting a baby. 

Match Odds


Adelaide Crows $1.17
Western Bulldogs $5

*Correct at the time of writing.

Team News


Adelaide have a lengthy injury list but Riley Knight and Kyle Hartigan are two players that should be ok to return this weekend. Mitch McGovern will miss. The Western Bulldogs also have a number of players on the sidelines with Aaron Naughton another to join those out of action. 

Stats


The two sides have split their last six encounters, winning three each. Adelaide took out the most recent clash between the two sides by 59 points. That encounter was held at the Adelaide Oval last year and it was Josh Jenkins and Taylor Walker that combined for seven goals for the Crows, while Toby McLean and Jack Macrae were among the better players for the Dogs. 

The Bulldogs have been thumped in both of their interstate trips this year, going down to GWS in Round 1 by 82 points before dropping their Round 5 Perth Stadium match to Fremantle by 54. 

Prediction and Tips


Adelaide will be hard to beat and after missing out in the Showdown last weekend they should be primed for a big one. They have too much depth across the ground and the line of 33.5 looks to be within their grasp.

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