ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 13: Taylor Walker of the Crows competes with Lynden Dunn of the Magpies during the 2018 AFL Round 04 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Collingwood Magpies at Adelaide Oval on April 13, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)
Where and when: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, August 17, 4.05pm ACST
What it means for Adelaide: The Crows – who sit out of the top eight on percentage – could kiss their finals chances goodbye if they lose to the Magpies. A win potentially has them as high as seventh by the end of the weekend.
What it means for Collingwood: A win could push the Magpies up to fourth if Richmond loses to West Coast. But if the Magpies lose to the Crows, and the Tigers beat the Eagles, then the double chance in the finals is gone.
The stat: This is just the fifth game the Magpies have played outside Victoria this season. They are 3-1 away from their home state, having beaten Brisbane, Sydney and West Coast on the road, but lost to Greater Western Sydney at Giants Stadium in round 18.
The match-up: Matt Crouch v Adam Treloar
The Crows don’t employ a tagger so will back their midfielders to get on top of the Magpies. Crouch (82nd overall in the Official AFL Player Ratings) is coming off a massive 43 disposals against West Coast, while Treloar (18th overall) is leading the League with 33.9 disposals per game.
It’s a big week for: Sam Jacobs
Not only is it his 200th game, but the experienced Crows ruckman will have his hands full against Magpies star Brodie Grundy. Jacobs was strong in his return game against West Coast last week – his first appearance at senior level since round two – and will be better for the run.
Big call: Crows co-captain Taylor Walker kicks four goals, including two in the last term, to keep his side’s finals chances alive against an undermanned Magpies.
Prediction: Crows by five points
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