Early Battle Of Adelaide

Source: News Limited/foxsports.com.au
As always, the Adelaide derby promises to be lively. Source: News Limited/foxsports.com.au


Adelaide Oval

Saturday March 29, 3:40pm AEST

Why watch?
Showdown. Nothing really needs to be said more than that. These matches rarely disappoint and this week is looking like no exception. The fact that it is the first match at the revamped Adelaide Oval only adds to the excitement. The Power are one of the most exciting teams in the competition and the Crows were great to watch against the Cats last week.

Match notes
- Richard Douglas is a strong chance to play a quick recovery from his groin injury
- The Crows could have as many as eight new faces to the team that lost to the Power in Round 19 last season
- Ricky Henderson has been added to the Crows' long-term injury list
- Rory Sloane had more tackles than anyone else in the league last week with 12
- Ollie Wines had the equal-most clearances of anyone with 11
- Adelaide Oval is two metres longer than AAMI Stadium and nine metres wider

Say what?
"I haven't changed the way I play since moving into the leadership group - I try to let my footy do the talking," said Angus Monfries.

Key injuries
Paul Stewart (calf) - test
Andrew Moore (AC joint) - 1-2 weeks
Lewis Stevenson (toe) - 2-3 weeks
Jarrad Redden (knee) - 3-4 weeks
Campbell Heath (shin soreness) - 3-4 weeks
Dom Cassisi (leg) – test

Richard Douglas (groin) - test
Tom Lynch (shoulder) - 3-5 weeks
Andy Otten (shoulder) - 3-5 weeks
Taylor Walker (knee) - TBA
Ricky Henderson (ankle) - season
Nathan van Berlo (Achilles) - TBA

Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)

Port Adelaide
L 74 Fremantle
L 1 Carlton
W 24 Collingwood
L 16 Geelong 
W 33 Carlton

W 9 North Melbourne
L 17 Western Bulldogs
W 68 Melbourne
W 86 West Coast
L 38 Geelong

Last 5 between clubs

Fantasy factoid
Chad Wingard collected 49 disposals and booted nine goals in his two matches against the Crows last year.

Cold hard fact
This will be the first showdown played away from Football Park where the Power have won 19 of 35 matches between the two sides.

Final Word
Last year's showdowns were both epic contests and this is shaping as another beauty, but we think Adelaide might cause an upset against their more fancied rivals.

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