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Adelaide and Gold Coast have played nine times, with the Crows winning all nine meetings.

The Crows are one of three teams with perfect records against the Suns. The Sydney Swans and West Coast are the other sides yet to experience defeat at the hands of Gold Coast.

Adelaide won the most recent clash between the two teams in Round Nine last season by 75 points.

Of the Suns outfit that beat Carlton last week, only seven were in the severely injury-depleted side that lost to the Crows last year.

Crows midfielder Richard Douglas will play his 200th AFL game this weekend.

The Suns have won their last two games to sit ninth on the AFL ladder (2-0). The last time Gold Coast won three consecutive games was the first three rounds of 2016.

Adelaide is hunting a fifth straight victory to start the season – a feat the Club has never achieved.

Rebounding Crows defender Rory Laird ranks 10th in the AFL for total disposals (122).

Gold Coast star Gary Ablett has generated more forward 50m entries (27) than any other player.

After attending just 61 per cent of centre bounces in the opening two rounds, Ablett has been at 82.5 per cent of centre bounces the past two weeks.

With an increase in midfield time has come a significant increase in output, with the dual Brownlow Medallist averaging 35 disposals and 10.5 clearances per game to play a pivotal part in Gold Coast’s last two wins.

Ablett (seventh) and damaging Crows half-back Brodie Smith (10th) are both top 10 for combined inside and rebound 50ms.

Suns co-captain Tom Lynch leads the club’s goalkicking with 12 – ranked seventh in the AFL. He bagged seven against the Blues in a dominant display last week.

Lynch is the most-used forward 50m target in the League, with Gold Coast going to the contested marking tall forward 53 times in the opening four rounds.

Gold Coast will be without its other co-captain Steven May (hamstring) this week. May is a talisman of sorts for the Suns – in nine games over the past two seasons without him, the Suns are winless.

Crows skipper Taylor Walker is second in the competition for score assists (10) just behind Geelong captain Joel Selwood (11). Walker has also kicked 11 goals – ranked equal-eighth.

Sun Brandon Matera, who has starred since returning to the team a fortnight ago, is the No.1 ranked forward in the competition according to Champion Data (128.8). Walker is third on 115.1 ranking points.

After booting six last weekend, the brilliant Eddie Betts is only five goals-shy of his 500th AFL goal. Only three other current players, Lance Franklin (797), Nick Riewoldt (697) and Steve Johnson (500) have reached the prestigious milestone.

Dual All Australian defender Daniel Talia is second in the AFL for intercept possessions (35) behind West Coast’s Elliot Yeo (42). Talia is also seventh for spoils (29).

Suns livewire Adam Saad leads the League for running bounces with 30 – more than double that of Crows speedster Charlie Cameron (13).

The Suns are the highest-possession team (1,675) in the competition after four rounds, averaging 71.8 more disposals than their direct opponents.

The Crows have won more contested possessions (630) than any other side, while The Suns are the second-best uncontested possession team (1,091).

Adelaide and Gold Coast have each won 161 clearances this season – ranked equal second. The Suns have won more centre bounce clearances (73) than any team.

The Suns have the worst tackling differential (-13.5) in 2017.

Gold Coast has averaged 10 more inside 50ms than their direct opponents in the opening four rounds.

Midfielder Aaron Hall has gained more metres (2,043) than any other Sun – ranked eighth in the AFL. Brodie Smith is third overall with 2,328 metres gained.

Jarryd Lyons will become the second Crow-turned-Sun to play against Adelaide following Nathan Bock.