Port Ready To Unleash Their Power

Chad Wingard - Port Adelaide
Chad Wingard is expected to play this weekend. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au/Sarah Reed/News Limited

Port Adelaide  v St Kilda
Adelaide Oval
Saturday June 7 – 4:40 PM (AEST)

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The task for a struggling St Kilda  side doesn’t get any easier this week when they travel to the Adelaide Oval to face competition leaders Port .

Sitting pretty on top of the AFL ladder at the season’s halfway point, Port Adelaide are enjoying one of the best starts to a season in the club’s history. Winning nine out of the first the ten matches, Port have hit the ground running and they look certain to continue that form this weekend against a struggling St Kilda side. The Power’s performance last week was far from their best, but it was enough to get them over the line against the Demons in Alice Springs. A couple of injury scares emerged from the game, with midfielder Chad Wingard being stretchered off after copping a knee to the head. The exciting youngster though is expected to play this weekend and will lineup alongside Hamish Harlett, who returns after serving a one-match ban for striking.

St Kilda are hovering dangerously close to the foot of the table and it seems as though Alan Richardson’s men have forgotten how to win. The last time the Saints tasted victory was back in round five when they beat Essendon by 16 points. Since then, they’ve hit a run of five consecutive losses, the latest an 86-point thumping at the hands of Collingwood. Saint’s midfielder David Armitage is set to return from a knee injury after a solid performance in the VFL last week. The 25-year-old suffered a deep gash to his knee back in round five and it's been a lengthy stint on the sidelines.

It’s hard to go past Port in this match, and with the return of Harlett, they only look stronger. The Adelaide Oval is a hard place to visit at the best of times, and with Port in the form they’re in, St Kilda will be worried ahead of Saturday afternoon’s clash. The last two meetings have ended in Port victories, but on both occasions the margin has been less than a goal. This weekend’s match should pan out differently though, and the Power will see this as a chance to improve on their already impressive for/against percentage.

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