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Modern Group Team Selection Live: Round 21 Join Assistant Coach Tate Kaesler straight from Match Committee to find out who will be travelling to Etihad this weekend

Adelaide has named an unchanged team for the first time since Round 11.

Daniel Talia (groin) and David Mackay (corked thigh) both sustained minor injuries in last week’s Showdown win, but completed main training and are set to play against Essendon on Saturday night.

Coach Don Pyke said the pair would have another run at a light session on Friday.

“We’ll see how they pull up in the morning,” Pyke said.

“We’re obviously on a slightly shorter break (between games) and we just want to make sure they’ll be right … but I expect those guys will be alright.”

Midfielders Paul Seedsman, Wayne Milera Junior and Harrison Wigg are the emergencies.

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Swingman Andy Otten rolled his ankle at training on Thursday and was unavailable for selection. Otten will be assessed in the coming days, but the Club is hopeful the injury is only minor.

Friday’s training run at Football Park is open to fans.

The session will start at about 9:15am and last for 45 minutes.

The Crows fly to Melbourne on Friday afternoon ahead of the match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, which starts at 7:25pm (AEST). It will be the Club’s first trip to the ground this season.

Adelaide (first) and Essendon (third) are among the highest-scoring teams in the competition.

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Pyke said it was possible a ‘shootout’ could unfold under the roof of Etihad Stadium.

“Essendon have been a very efficient team at scoring this year and so have we,” Pyke said.

“They’re a dangerous side. They’ve won four of their last five (games). They play fast, aggressive footy, which creates some challenges for us as an opposition.

“We’ll address that and plan accordingly.”

Essendon could be inspired by the mid-week announcement that former captain Jobe Watson will retire at the end of the season.

Pyke acknowledged Watson’s “fantastic” career, but expected ladder positions to be the biggest motivating factor for both teams this week.

The Bombers are fighting for a finals berth, while Adelaide is aiming to secure a top-two spot.

“I think Essendon would want to perform well for Essendon and where they’re at in their season as well as for Jobe, but we’ve got a lot to play for as well,” he said.

“Top-four gives you the double chance and top-two gives you the home final.

“From where we’re sitting now, that’s what where shooting for. It would be a nice thing to have.”

For fans at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, there will be a post-match function in the Victory Room on the ground level.

The SANFL Crows will also be in action on Saturday, taking on North Adelaide at Prospect from 2:10pm.

Ticketed Crows members receive free entry to the Club’s SANFL games upon presentation of their 2017 membership card.

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