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Crows midfielder Patrick Dangerfield remains under an injury cloud. Picture: Wayne Ludbey/News Limited

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Adelaide v Hawthorn


Adelaide Oval

Friday July 11 – 7:50 PM (AEST)

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The red-hot Adelaide Crows are confident of causing a minor upset on Friday night when they host Hawthorn at the Adelaide Oval.

The Crows have been the competition’s exceptional performers in recent weeks, backing up their derby-day win over Port with last week’s 68-point dismantling of GWS. Eddie Betts continues to be the glimmering star in the Adelaide side, and he was up to his old tricks again last Saturday. The pint sized pocket-rocket managed to boot five goals against the Giants, a personal best in his Adelaide career. James Podsiadly was also on hand in the scoring department - the ex-Geelong man notching a personal best with three majors. A host of Crows picked up minor injuries in the win, including star midfielders Scott Thompson and Patrick Dangerfield. Thompson copped a knock to the back of his leg, while Dangerfield injured his knee.

Hawthorn’s reign on top of the ladder lasted all of one week, with a shock 20-point loss to the Kangaroos – a side which went down to the Lions a week earlier. Not even a six goal haul from Hawks forward Jack Gunston could prevent a North Melbourne victory, meaning the consistent Swans assumed top spot. It doesn’t get much better if you’re a Hawks fan, with a couple of players expected to miss the clash through injury and suspension. Brad Sewell has succumbed to yet another hamstring injury, while Brian Lake faces a long stint on the sidelines following an off-the-ball incident with Roos spearhead Drew Petrie. Frustration got the better of Lake in the third quarter, when he appeared to choke Petrie after losing a contest. The Hawks fullback visited the tribunal on Tuesday night and was hit with a four match suspension for the brain explosion. Mitch Hallahan looks the obvious replacement for Sewell, while Will Langford, Alex Woodward and Jonathan Simpkin are in the mix to fill Lake's vacant spot.

The betting market favours the second-place Hawks, but they’re going to have to put in a mighty performance if they’re going to deny the Crows a fifth straight home win. Form at the Adelaide Oval has been a the Crows’ saving grace this season, and despite all the class Hawthorn possess, an upset win to the home side wouldn’t be surprising.

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