PROS: The Crows can just about chalk up four certain victories by playing bottom-four sides Gold Coast and St Kilda twice. Don’t have to play Collingwood, Richmond, and Essendon at the MCG, with each of those games at Adelaide Oval. Have five games on either Thursday or Friday night, a solid result
CONS: They have a tough first three games in the space of 12 days against top-eight sides Hawthorn, Sydney
PLAY TWICE: Geelong, Gold Coast, Port Adelaide, St Kilda, West Coast
BYE: Round 14
FIRST FOUR WEEKS: Hawthorn (h), Sydney (a), Geelong (h), North Melbourne (a).
MAKE OR BREAK: The stretch of six games from Rounds 10-16 will define the Crows’ season – West Coast (home), Melbourne in Darwin, Greater Western Sydney (home), Richmond off a five-day break, away to Geelong and the second Showdown of the season against Port Adelaide.
‘ELLO GOV’NOR: The Crows have to wait until the Round 19 clash with Carlton before they face forward Mitch McGovern for the first time since he departed at the end of the 2018 season.
WE SAY: The Crows have a tough opening, a tricky middle and a difficult end to 2019. With that said,