Adelaide got a reality check in the last round after a soft draw, and received a lesson in finals intensity. Expect them to learn from it. North have struggled for the best part of three months now, and in reality are not one of the best eight teams in the competition. Their early season form has long since dissipated. Add in the unrest created by the Kangaroos off-field staff pensioning off veterans like Harvey, Petrie and Firrito, and the instability at North is not going to lead to finals wins.
Adelaide’s best is free-flowing attacking footy to the most potent forward-line in the AFL, matched with defensive soundness which keeps the ball trapped in their forward half. North won’t be able to match them, and can be expected to drop away late in the game once the result is a foregone conclusion.