Bet of the Day May 2

Joshua Bell:
Bet of the Day May 2

Round 8 of the AFL season kicks off this Thursday evening at the Adelaide Oval as local rivals Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows do battle in the Showdown. This is where our best bet at for Thursday May 2 takes place!

Bet Of The Day May 2 – read on below for our reasoning behind today’s best bet.

Key Points

  • The Adelaide Crows have lost their last four straight games at the Adelaide Oval and five of their last seven so far this year.
  • Port Adelaide has won three of their last four games with their only loss coming to the defending premier Collingwood.
  • The Power have covered the line in eight of their last 10 games on a six day turnaround.
  • The Crows have lost the first half in eight of their last nine games
  • Seven of the last eight games at the Adelaide Oval have gone under the total points line.
  • Port Adelaide have been inside 50 more times than any team in the competition and rank second for marks once inside.
  • The Power are ranked first for shots on goal and have had 18 more than the next best in GWS. The Crows rank 13th in this area.

There is no bigger sporting event in the city of churches than the Showdown and these two bitter rivals go at it for the 55th time in their history.

The Crows got the better of Port in both Showdowns in 2023.

First was a 31 point win in round three thanks mainly to four goals to Isaak Rankine, who also kicked three to help the Crows win the second game in round 20 by 47 points.

The 2024 season has been a different story for Matthew Nicks’ side so far and they come into this game wallowing in 12th with just two wins on the board.

Port Adelaide’s current record looks far healthier through seven rounds, sitting just outside the top four on percentage with a record of five wins and two losses.

They were beaten by Melbourne at the Adelaide Oval in a thrilling game by seven points and then to last year’s premier Collingwood in round six.

The Power have injury concerns with the enigmatic Sam Powell-Pepper, who is often a barometer for the team, ruled out for the season with an ACL injury and key defender Aliir Aliir missing due to the concussion protocol.

Young gun Connor Rozee left last week’s game against St Kilda with what appeared to be a torn hamstring and, despite the club ensuring it was a false alarm and he will play, I wouldn’t be certain until he runs out onto the field.

The ramifications for Adelaide should they lose are far greater than they are for their rivals but it’s hard to trust their long kicking game style right at the moment especially considering the form of key forwards Darcy Fogarty and Taylor Walker.


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