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Where: Adelaide Oval
When: 07.10 (BST)
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A huge opportunity for Adelaide to claim a fourth-straight victory and perhaps even push into the top eight against the League’s easy-beats. Melbourne is languishing in 17th position with just the one win, but the Demons don’t have to think back too far to remember their last success over the Crows – a 96-point win in 2011.
This game marks the return of former Crow Bernie Vince to Adelaide, and given the midfielder’s controversial split from his former club, he’ll be doing his best to help pick his new side up off the canvas.
1. Despite their improved defence, conceding just 81 points a game this season, Melbourne is struggling to score and is ranked last in the League averaging just 54 points a game.
2. No team has taken the ball inside 50 less in 2014 than Melbourne with just 41 forward 50 entries a game, while the Crows are eighth with 52 a game.
3. This will be the 33rd contest between these sides and Adelaide is easily ahead in the ledger, 21 games to 11.
4. The Crows’ biggest win over Melbourne is 76 points in round eight, 2008 at AAMI Stadium. The Demons didn’t have to wait too long for payback though, beating Adelaide by 96 points in round seven, 2011 at the MCG.
5. Adelaide has loved the handball in 2014, averaging a third highest 171 a game. Melbourne is 11th with 150 a game.
6. Melbourne doesn’t have a single player ranked inside the top 100 according to the Official AFL Player Ratings. Nathan Jones is the club’s best at 109th.
ADELAIDE v MELBOURNE
Saturday 3 May at Adelaide Oval, 4.40pm (EST)
B: S.Shaw, D.Talia, M.Jaensch
HB: B.Smith, K.Hartigan, L.Brown
C: S.Kerridge, P.Dangerfield, D.Mackay
HF: E.Betts, J.Podsiadly, J.Petrenko
F: T.Lynch, J.Jenkins, M.Wright
Foll: S.Jacobs, S.Thompson, R.Sloane
I/C: M.Grigg, R.Laird, M.Crouch, B.Reilly
Emer: B.Martin, B.Rutten, A.Otten
B: T.McDonald, L.Dunn, A.Georgiou
HB: J.Grimes, J.Frawley, D.Terlich
C: D.Tyson, B.Vince, J.Watts
HF: R.Bail, C.Pedersen, M.Jones
F: J.Viney, C.Dawes, J.Howe
Foll: M.Jamar, D.Cross, N.Jones
I/C: C.Salem, N.Jetta, J.Kennedy-Harris, S.Byrnes
Emer: M.Clisby, A.Riley, M.Gawn