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Preview: Adelaide v Greater Western Sydney

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Rory Laird of the Crows is tackled during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Adelaide Crows at UNSW Canberra Oval on March 08, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Rory Laird of the Crows is tackled during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Adelaide Crows at UNSW Canberra Oval on March 08, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

Where and when: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, June 8, 7.10pm ACST

What it means for Adelaide: The eighth-placed Crows (6-5) are just keeping their head above water in the finals race, but a win over a genuine premiership contender would be a massive statement.

What it means for Greater Western Sydney: The second-placed Giants (8-3) are rolling nicely on the back of three straight wins. The Crows would be their most significant scalp since knocking off Geelong in round four. 

The stat: The Crows have won eight of the 11 meetings between the two clubs, but the Giants won both of the encounters last year. The Giants also went a perfect two from two at Adelaide Oval in 2018, and have a 3-5 record overall at the venue.

The match-up: Daniel Talia v Jeremy Cameron
Talia – the Crows’ premier key defender in the Official AFL Player Ratings -  faces one of his biggest challenges of the season. Cameron – the Giants’ best forward - has been in unstoppable form, leading the Coleman Medal race with 38 goals.

Big call: Harry Himmelberg to kick five goals

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs