Dockers Clash With Crows In The West

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Eddie Betts was at his energetic best last week against the Suns. Image courtesy of Reed/News Limited

Fremantle v Adelaide
Patersons Stadium
Sunday June 8 – 4:10 PM (AEST)

Adelaide: WLWLW

The Crows will have a top eight spot on the ladder in the back of their minds when they take on Freo in Perth on Sunday afternoon.

The Crows made light work of the Suns last week in Adelaide, leading at every break to record a comfortable 32-point win. Adelaide supporters were glad to see Tex Walker finally getting back to his best. The charismatic forward booted five goals on Sunday and must repeat those heroics, if the Crows are to take the spoils in Perth. Brenton Sanderson hasn’t had to make any changes from his winning squad, although there was a slight injury cloud over Sam Jacobs, who copped a corked hip flexor last week. He has since been cleared to play, with David Mackay and Charlie Cameron also overcoming injuries.

Fremantle also got through last weekend without any injury scares. The Dockers cruised to a seemingly effortless 38-point win over the Bulldogs on Sunday, with Stephen Hill leading the way with four goals. It seems as though Freo have been put through their paces early on in the season and have seemingly easy fixtures in the coming weeks. The next eight matches come against teams outside of the top eight and Ross Lyon will see this as the perfect opportunity to gain some momentum heading into the business part of the season.

Fremantle have been solid at home this year, losing just one out of five matches at Patersons Stadium. The Dockers start as firm favourites, but Adelaide are certainly capable of an upset, and if they produce the sort of footy they’ve been playing at the Adelaide Oval this year, they’ll go close to winning this one.

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