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Preview: Adelaide v Brisbane

By Michael Whiting, AFL Media July 18, 2018 10:12 AM

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Josh Jenkins of the Crows evades Liam Dawson of the Lions during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval on August 06, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

SUMMARY
This might have looked a dour match on the fixture a month ago, but not anymore. After being competitive for much of the season but struggling to win games, the Lions have strung together three successive wins, capped off by a commanding victory over Hawthorn in Launceston last weekend. The young brigade has been on fire, led by 20-year-old forward Eric Hipwood, midfield tyros Hugh McCluggage and Jarrod Berry, and the swagger of No.1 draft pick Cam Rayner, who kicked three goals against the Hawks. With many of its best players recently back from injury, Adelaide is again in the top-eight hunt after defeating Geelong in its last start. Rory Sloane's contract extension seemed to give the Crows some impetus and re-established a midfield that was one of the best in the AFL last year. Skipper Taylor Walker's absence through suspension will hurt, but with a sniff of finals in their nostrils, the Crows might just sneak home here, but nothing the Lions do would surprise any more.

WHERE AND WHEN: the Gabba, Saturday, July 21, 7.25pm AEST

LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R9, 2017, Adelaide 21.14 (140) d Brisbane Lions 7.18 (60) at the Gabba
R20, 2016, Adelaide 27.15 (177) d Brisbane Lions 6.3 (39) at Adelaide Oval
R21, 2015, Adelaide 20.11 (131) d Brisbane Lions 6.8 (44) at Adelaide Oval
R13, 2015, Adelaide 11.16 (82) d Brisbane Lions 10.9 (69) at the Gabba
R20, 2014, Adelaide 25.18 (168) d Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) at the Gabba

THE SIX POINTS

1. The Crows had the game won by half-time when they last played, leading by 30 points, and then booting 11 goals to three after the main break. Rory Laird was best on ground with 37 disposals.

2. Brisbane is one of the competition's in-form teams in recent weeks winning three straight games, averaging 112 points and conceding just 61 a game.

3. Adelaide has dominated Brisbane over a long time, winning the past six matches, including two by more than 100 points. The Crows also hold a 12-11 advantage in matches at the Gabba.

4. The Crows are one of the most prolific kicking teams, ranked in the top five with 222.8 a game. Brisbane is mid-table with an average of 214.8.

5. If Brisbane is to win it will need to do something it hasn’t achieved since the opening four weeks of the 2010 season - win four consecutive games.

6. Dayne Beams continued his stellar season last week with 33 disposals and has moved up to 80th overall in the Schick AFL Player Ratings. Following an injury-ravaged period, Beams was ranked 388th in the corresponding round last season.

IT’S A BIG WEEK FOR …
With his captain and forward sidekick Taylor Walker suspended, it's imperative Josh Jenkins is a focal point and takes control of the Crows' forward 50. Brisbane's defence has been clicking in recent weeks despite the absence of Harris Andrews, and a big night from Jenkins would make things a lot easier for the visitors.

PREDICTION: Adelaide by 15 points

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Head to Head

Disposal Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    27.8
  • Brisbane Lions
    Alex Witherden
    22.8
  • Brisbane Lions
    Mitch Robinson
    22.1
  • Brisbane Lions
    Daniel Rich
    20.7
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    20.7
Fantasy Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Stefan Martin
    Stefan Martin
    104.8
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Beams
    103.6
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    97.3
  • Brisbane Lions
    Mitch Robinson
    90.4
  • Brisbane Lions
    Alex Witherden
    87.9
Scoring Leaders
  • Eric Hipwood
    Eric Hipwood
    30.19
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    22.14
  • Brisbane Lions
    Charlie Cameron
    17.4
  • Brisbane Lions
    Daniel McStay
    15.13
  • Brisbane Lions
    Cameron Rayner
    14.11

Season Averages

  • 375.1 Disposals 380.3
  • 73.9 Disposal Eff 72.0
  • 138.9 Contested Pos 154.9
  • 97.6 Marks 90.3
  • 23.2 Free Kicks 20.1
  • 37.7 Clearances 37.1
  • 50.0 Inside 50s 51.1
  • 41.7 Rebound 50s 40.1
  • 58.8 Tackles 62.8
  • 44.1 Hit-outs 41.3
  • 83.0 Interchanges 86.0

Recent Encounters

  • 7.18 (60)
    RD 9, 2017, G
    21.14 (140)
  • 27.15 (177)
    RD 20, 2016, AO
    6.3 (39)
  • 20.11 (131)
    RD 21, 2015, AO
    6.8 (44)
  • 10.9 (69)
    RD 13, 2015, G
    11.16 (82)
Disposal Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Rory Laird
    Rory Laird
    33.7
  • Adelaide Crows
    Matt Crouch
    30.7
  • Adelaide Crows
    Bryce Gibbs
    26.3
  • Adelaide Crows
    Sam Gibson
    22.6
  • Adelaide Crows
    Paul Seedsman
    21.7
Fantasy Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Rory Laird
    Rory Laird
    110.9
  • Adelaide Crows
    Bryce Gibbs
    104.3
  • Adelaide Crows
    Matt Crouch
    97.8
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Sloane
    87.0
  • Adelaide Crows
    Sam Gibson
    86.8
Scoring Leaders
  • Josh Jenkins
    Josh Jenkins
    28.20
  • Adelaide Crows
    Taylor Walker
    23.14
  • Adelaide Crows
    Eddie Betts
    20.14
  • Adelaide Crows
    Richard Douglas
    13.12
  • Adelaide Crows
    Mitch McGovern
    13.9

Team Lineups

Brisbane Lions

B

  • Nick Robertson,
  • Daniel McStay,
  • Darcy Gardiner

HB

  • Daniel Rich,
  • Josh Walker,
  • Alex Witherden

C

  • Lewis Taylor,
  • Mitch Robinson,
  • Dayne Zorko

HF

  • Cameron Rayner,
  • Tom Cutler,
  • Hugh McCluggage

F

  • Allen Christensen,
  • Eric Hipwood,
  • Ryan Lester

Fol

  • Stefan Martin,
  • Jarrod Berry,
  • Dayne Beams

I/C

  • Cedric Cox,
  • Rhys Mathieson,
  • Jake Barrett,
  • Oscar McInerney

Emg

  • Ryan Bastinac,
  • Zac Bailey,
  • Connor Ballenden,
  • Jack Frost

In

  • No Change

Last updated: 6:39PM Thursday, July 19, 2018