AFL Preview – Friday 2nd June, Simonds stadium, Geelong vs Adelaide.
For those of us based in Melbourne we head an hour down the highway to Simonds stadium where we see the Geelong Cats take on the premiership favourites the Adelaide Crows.
Both sides are coming off very good wins although both very different.
Last week Geelong hosted the other South Australian side in Port Adelaide and managed to come away narrow victors after a final minute goal form their star Patrick Dangerfield.
On tho other hand Adelaide travelled to Perth to face the Fremantle dockers and in very wet conditions and led from start to finish to run out comprehensive 100 point winners.
The match up everyone is waiting to see tonight is that of Dangerfield and Sloane, once great team mates now great enemies. Both are having outstanding seasons and in many eyes whoever wins that battle tonight may just carry their team to victory.
It’s also a battle of the two key forwards in Jenkins for Adelaide who plays his 100th game and Hawkins for Geelong who plays his 200th game. Both will be looking to hit he scoreboard hard tonight in what should be pretty good conditions for this time of year. Hawkins is coming off 1.3 against Port Adelaide whilst Jenkins is coming off 3.1 against Fremantle.
Most are predicting a battle of the midfields and rightly so with both sides chocked with talent through that area but the overall result may come down to the goal scoring power.
Last week Geelong only had one multiple goal kicker in Dangerfield (3) who ultimately kicked the winner in the last minute. Where as Adelaide had a massive 6 multiple goal kickers in their drubbing of Fremantle in what where poor goal scoring conditions.
Geelong will derive great benefit from the return of key backman Tom Lonergan but will it be enough to stop the likes of Josh Jenkins, Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts.
Both of Geelongs recent wins at home have been close and tough encounters but to be fair they where very lucky to win last week.
They face the premiership favourite tonight who is full of confidence after two impressive wins and they come into this game unchanged.
Geelong have had there fair share of critics which have ultimately been answered the past two weeks but a question mark still remains on how much they rely on the captain Joel Selwood and last years Brownlow medal winner Patrick Dangerfield.
If you stop Dangerfield do you stop Geelong? What about Selwood?
Some critics claim if you stop Rory Sloane you stop Adelaide.
This will be and should be one of the games of the season given there is so much at stake considering where the two teams lie on the ladder, with Adelaide 1st and Geelong only one win behind in 3rd.
We feel that if the midfield battle is a break-even then ultimately the goal scoring power of Adelaide might get them over the line. If they want to claim the title of premiership favourites then these are the games they have to win.
In what should be a classic the Adelaide Crows should get over the line in a close encounter.
Back Adelaide to win $1.76 (betfair).