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AFL 2016 Rd 21 - Fremantle v Adelaide

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Rory Laird of the Crows looks to pass the ball under pressure from Lachie Neale of the Dockers during the 2016 AFL Round 21 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Adelaide Crows at Domain Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media)

Fremantle is one of the form teams of the competition. After losing the opening two games of the season, the Dockers have won six of its past seven games to be fifth on the AFL ladder.

The biggest crowd for a match between Adelaide and Fremantle was 47,423 at Adelaide Oval in Round Six last season. The Crows won that match by 33 points, with Eddie Betts kicking four goals.

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Adelaide has won the past two clashes with Fremantle including the most recent encounter by 72 points at Domain Stadium in Round 21 last year.

The two clubs have played a total of 36 times. The Crows hold the overall advantage 21 – 15.

After nine rounds, the Crows remain the highest-scoring team in the League with 1,098 points for. The Dockers have scored 727 points – ranked 16th.

Fremantle’s stoppage work, especially at the centre bounce, is a strength. The Dockers have won 51.2 per cent of their centre clearances this season – ranked No.2. The Crows are 16th with a 39.9 per cent winning record at centre bounces.

However, Adelaide has won the highest percentage of throw-in clearances (43.5 per cent).

Freo has scored the third-most points from stoppages (344). Adelaide is fifth with 310 points.

The Dockers have the fourth-best clearance differential (3.9) of any team this season.

Ruckman Aaron Sandilands, who leads the League in hit-outs and hit-outs to advantage, has been ruled out of Saturday night’s game because of hamstring tightness.

Lachie Neale is Fremantle’s leading contested possession winner with 60 – ranked seventh in the competition. Crows vice-captain Rory Sloane has won 61 to be sixth overall.

Sloane and Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe are equal fourth in the League for contested possessions (133). The pair are also level for score involvements with 68 apiece – ranked 10th overall.

Sloane has averaged 25 possessions, seven tackles and a goal in his last three games against Fremantle.

Damaging Freo wingman Brad Hill ranks fifth in the AFL for marks (70). He also leads the Dockers for metres gained (4,122).

Adelaide captain Taylor Walker is the leading score assist player (18) in the AFL after nine rounds. Fremantle veteran David Mundy is equal third with 17.

Mundy, who has spent more time in attacking 50m this season, is the third-ranked forward in the League according to Champion Data.

Recruits Cam McCarthy and Shane Kersten have both kicked 13 goals this season to be joint-leaders of Fremantle’s goalkicking. Betts tops Adelaide’s goalkicking with 28 ahead of Walker (24).

Lively Freo forward/midfielder Michael Walters has averaged 3.7 goals in his last three games against Adelaide.

Crows defender Jake Lever is averaging more intercept marks (3.8) than any other player in the AFL.

Fifteen Adelaide and Fremantle players have lined up in every game this season – the equal most in the competition.

The Dockers use the centre corridor to move the ball more than any other team (34.8 per cent).