Sydney and Adelaide played one of the games of the season back in Round 4. Will history repeat?
Sydney hit the finals off six wins in a row, some of them big (defeating Fremantle by 90, Port by 67, St Kilda by 70, Richmond by 113) and a couple of them small (beating Carlton by 6 points and North by 9). None of them were against high calibre sides, and this soft run may have led to a lack of hardness and intensity when they fell well short against GWS last weekend.
Adelaide put a Round 23 loss to West Coast at Adelaide Oval behind them with a strong performance against North in their elimination final, posting their third score of 140+ in the last six weeks. Prior to the Eagles loss, the Crows had won 12 of 13 games, kicking 100 points or more in 11 of them.
Key Match-ups Lance Franklin v Daniel Talia
The best running key forward in the game, against one of the best key defenders. This year’s All-Australian centre-half forward and All-Australian centre-half back will duel, with the result being pivotal to the outcome of the match. Franklin’s has been held goalless three times this season, resulting in two Sydney losses and an ugly win against North.
Nick Smith v Eddie Betts
Eddie Betts has averaged 3.8 goals in Adelaide wins this season, and 1.3 goals per game in their losses, including four times being held to one or zero. He is coming off a six goal elimination final against North, similar to last year when he kicked five in the Crows elimination victory over the Bulldogs. He was held to 0 the next week as the Crows went down, so Nick Smith must use all of his guile and experience to keep the excitement machine quiet.
DT Talk Player Prop Bets
The winner of the final game on Saturday night meets Geelong for their chance of premiership glory.