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Travis King, AFL Media  August 22, 2017 11:00 AM

AFL 2016 Rd 23 - Adelaide v West Coast

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Matt Priddis of the Eagles tackles Brad Crouch of the Crows during the 2016 AFL Round 23 match between the Adelaide Crows and the West Coast Eagles at Adelaide Oval on August 26, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

SUMMARY
By 2.40pm local time on Sunday afternoon there could be everything or next to nothing riding on the result of this clash – the last-ever AFL game at Domain Stadium. The Crows, who are guaranteed to host a qualifying final, will already know if the minor premiership is theirs, should Geelong defeat Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night, and Adelaide could only be tuning up for September against West Coast. Depending on results of Collingwood's clash with Melbourne on Saturday and Fremantle's trip to face Essendon in Sunday's early match, the Eagles could either still be in the hunt to sneak into the eight, or left playing only for pride and to send-off retiring Brownlow medallists Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell in style. West Coast derailed Adelaide's top-four bid in the corresponding fixture last year, and the Crows could exact some revenge by extinguishing the Eagles' finals hopes with a commanding victory in Perth. 

WHERE AND WHEN: Domain Stadium, Sunday, August 27, 2.40pm AWST
TV AND RADIO: Click here for broadcast guide 

LAST FIVE TIMES
R23, 2016, West Coast 14.16 (100) d Adelaide 10.11 (71) at Adelaide Oval
R12, 2016, Adelaide 15.15 (100) d West Coast 11.10 (76) at Domain Stadium
R22, 2015, Adelaide 19.12 (126) d West Coast 10.9 (69) at Adelaide Oval
R15, 2015, West Coast 22.15 (147) d Adelaide 14.7 (91) at Domain Stadium
R19, 2014, West Coast 20.16 (136) d Adelaide 16.9 (105) at Adelaide Oval 

THE SIX POINTS
1. When the teams last played, the Eagles' upset win knocked the Crows out of the top four. Andrew Gaff starred with 41 disposals and spearhead Josh Kennedy booted five goals.

2. The Crows' potent forward line coming up against West Coast's strong backline should be a fascinating battle. Adelaide has taken more marks inside 50 than any side (15.3 per game) and ranks first for inside 50s, an area the Eagles struggle (13th).

3. Adelaide also boasts the highest average score (111 points) and has kicked 100 points in a game 14 times this season.

4. West Coast's record at Domain Stadium stands at 221 wins, 103 losses and one draw. The Eagles hold a 12-6 head-to-head record against the Crows in Perth.

5. Josh Kennedy could secure the Coleman Medal for a record-equalling third consecutive season. He is four goals clear of Essendon's Joe Daniher. Since returning from injury, Kennedy has bagged 30 goals in six games, 26 per cent of West Coast's goals.

6. Matt Crouch has picked up some of the midfield slack and supported Crows star Rory Sloane this year. Crouch has risen 91 spots up the Schick AFL Player Ratings to 43rd overall.

IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR … Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell
The two retiring Brownlow medallists could finish up their decorated playing careers in the last AFL game at Domain Stadium, but both will be doing everything in their power to help West Coast snatch a finals berth.

PREDICTION: Adelaide by 24 points.