No Joy For The Saints In Adelaide

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Scott Thompson had 39 touches the last time these sides met. Picture: Getty Images/adelaidenow.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 12, 2012 – Adelaide Crows115 d St Kilda Saints 111 at AAMI Stadium
Round 18, 2011 – St Kilda Saints 127 d Adelaide Crows 24 at Etihad Stadium
Round 6, 2011 – Adelaide Crows90 d St Kilda Saints 71 at AAMI Stadium
Round 22, 2010 – Adelaide Crows65 d St Kilda Saints 37 at AAMI Stadium
Round 10, 2010 - St Kilda Saints 123 d Adelaide Crows 76 at Etihad Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 3    Rd 4    Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7 
Adelaide

L

W

L

L

W

St Kilda

W

L

L

L


The Adelaide Crows  will be bidding for just their second win from five matches at AAMI Stadium this season when they host St Kilda  on Sunday afternoon. The City of Churches has been an even more miserable hunting ground for the Saints however, with the club having won just one of its past six matches in South Australia.

Ian Callinan, Ricky Henderson and Matthew Jaensch have all been added to the squad that smashed the GWS Giants by 135 points last weekend, although three players will be omitted from the 25 man group that was named by coach Brenton Sanderson. Tom Lynch stood up in front of goal kicking 10 majors against the GWS in the absence of Taylor Walker and will continue to be the main man in front of goal for the hosts.

215 game veteran Jason Blake is one of four players added to the St Kilda squad that beat an injury ravaged Carlton outfit by nine points on Monday night. Nick Riewoldt was outstanding in that match kicking three goals and taking 13 marks to provide a great target up front. He has an astonishing 12 more marks than any other player in the competition this season.

Key Men

Scott Thompson (Crows) – Some players save their best performances for certain opponents and that can certainly be said of Adelaide midfielder Scott Thompson  when he plays St Kilda. The two-time club best and fairest collected 39 possessions and three Brownlow medal votes the last time these teams did battle and was also the umpires elect for best on ground in round six the season before.

Nick Dal Santo (Saints) – If the Saints are going to limit the impact that Thompson and co have on the match, their on ball brigade will have to win plenty of ball at the stoppages. Nick Dal Santo  has averaged 31.8 disposals in his last five games against the Crows and will be desperate to rediscover that form after failing to make much of an impact for his side yet this season.

Prediction

Although they have won just once in the past three weeks, Adelaide is slowly improving and was rewarded for its recent efforts with a 135 run demolition of the Giants in round seven. The Saints were flattered by their win against Carlton, who were decimated by injuries on Monday night and will find this much tougher against a side starting to find its feet. Adelaide Crows by 26

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