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Katrina Gill  September 5, 2017 12:42 PM

Last Time We Met: GWS Giants Before a huge Qualifying Final at Adelaide Oval, see the highlights from the last time we met GWS

On Thursday night, Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney will meet in a final for the first time.

There are only two other clubs the Crows have never played in a final: Gold Coast and Richmond.

Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney have clashed eight times, with the Crows prevailing 7 – 1.

The Giants are yet to beat the Crows at Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide’s only loss to GWS was at Spotless Stadium by 24 points in Round Eight, 2015.

Greater Western Sydney’s first and only win at Adelaide Oval was a 19-point victory over Port Adelaide in Round 18 last year.

The most recent meeting between the Crows and Giants was at Adelaide Oval in Round One this season.

On that day, Eddie Betts (four) and Rory Atkins (three) combined for seven goals to help guide the home team to a 56-point win.

Betts has kicked 17 goals in his last four games against GWS.

Captain Taylor Walker, who was injured when the teams met earlier this year, has kicked nine goals in his past two outings against the Giants.

Thursday night’s Qualifying Final will be only the second Crows’ final at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval. The Club won its first final at the venue – a knockout win over North Melbourne – last year.

See more stats about Adelaide’s finals history

A new record crowd for a game between these the two teams is likely to be set this week.

Currently, the best attendance for a match featuring the Crows and Giants is 46,737, set at Adelaide Oval in Round 10 last year.

Both sides are coming off losses in the final round of the home and away season. Adelaide was defeated by a finals-bound West Coast in Perth, while Greater Western Sydney fell to the second-placed Cats in Geelong.

Only three members of Adelaide’s Round 23 team are yet to play in a final: defenders Jake Kelly and Alex Keath, and teenager Wayne Milera Junior. Wingman Paul Seedsman is yet to make a finals appearance for the Crows, but played one final with Collingwood in 2013.

Promising midfielder Hugh Greenwood, who missed the clash with West Coast, is also set to play his first final.

Coach Don Pyke and players before Adelaide's Elimination Final against North Melbourne

Greater Western Sydney is the leading clearance team in the League, averaging 7.5 more clearances than its direct opponents this season. The Giants have had more stoppages in total (2,107) than any other team.

They also boast the best stoppage efficiency rate (32 per cent). Adelaide ranks third (29.9 per cent) in this statistic.

GWS has scored 763 points from stoppages – ranked fourth. The Crows are sixth (741 points).

The Giants have two of the best clearance players in the competition. Co-captain Callan Ward is second overall with 147 clearances, while All Australian Dylan Shiel is equal-third (146).

Rory Sloane, who is equal-eighth overall, is Adelaide’s leading clearance winner with 139. The Crows vice-captain is hoping to recover from surgery to remove his appendix in time for Thursday night’s Qualifying Final.

Sloane finished the home and away season as the top tackler in the AFL with a personal best 176. GWS star Josh Kelly ranks equal-10th with 133.

Kelly and Sloane are also ranked No.1 at their respective clubs for inside 50ms. Kelly is eighth with 102 – one ahead of the ninth-placed Sloane (101).

Giants twin talls Jonathon Patton and Rory Lobb have each taken 40 contested marks – ranked equal-seventh in the competition.

Fellow GWS forward Jeremy Cameron ranks equal-third for marks on the lead (51). Crow Walker is sixth overall with 47.

Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney are the only teams with three players to have kicked 40 or more goals this season. For the Crows, Walker (49), Betts (49) and Josh Jenkins (40) have reached the mark, while Cameron (45), Patton (42) and Toby Greene (41) have all booted 40-plus for the Giants.

Ruckmen Sam Jacobs and Shane Mumford are ranked equal-first for hit-outs to advantage (254).

Mumford has given away more free kicks (56) than any other player this season, but is also fourth in free kicks for (43).

The skillful Giants average a disposal efficiency of 74.8 per cent behind only renowned precision ball users Hawthorn.

Creative defenders Heath Shaw and Rory Laird play similar roles for their respective teams. Shaw is fifth for rebound 50ms (116), while Laird is equal-sixth with 107.

Shaw ranks fourth in the AFL for effective kicks (259). Crow Laird is 10th overall with 236.

Running Giants half-back Nathan Wilson leads the League for long kicks (143) while All Australian Laird is second with 135. Another Crow, Brodie Smith, is equal-fifth (125).

Smith finished second in the competition for metres gained (11,301) at the end of the minor round behind Brownlow Medal favourite Dustin Martin. Giant Wilson ranks sixth with 10,672 metres gained.

The Crows (+2:17 minutes) and Giants (+1:57 minutes) have the best time in possession differentials of any teams this season.