Sat, Jul 2, 2:41am by Staff Writer
Time, Date and Venue: 3.20pm AEST, Sunday July 3 at MCG (Live on Fox Footy)
The red-Hot Crows are favourite to make it five on the trot.
Adelaide are starting to gain some real attention after dominating a fellow top 4 contender, North Melbourne last week and in the process firmed into $7.50 in premiership betting. Next up they face a Melbourne side that are building an impressive young midfield group but will need to be at their best to stop a rampaging Crows outfit.
All the money has been with Adelaide to continue their excellent form, which has seen Sportsbet reel them into $1.36, there’s no love for the Dees, at $3.15.
The Crows will want to put in a strong showing at the MCG, as they know that if they are to go deep into the finals that this is where they will have to perform. The last time they played on the hallowed turf they were extremely unlucky to go down to Hawthorn by just three points, thanks to a Paul Puopolo goal in the dying seconds. They have this and one more game at this venue before the finals.
It’s been a big week for Bernie Vince, the likeable midfielder letting it slip during a TV program during the week that he has ‘faked’ concussion effects to stay on the field in the past. The statement came as a shock to the general public but most of the football world knew that this was occurring. Vince went on to say that he believes that times have changed in this code of football and others around the world with more being done to protect players.
The 2009 Best and Fairest winner for the Crows, who moved across the border to the Melbourne Football Club at the end of the 2013 season, always lifts for the games against his former club so look out for him to be among the top possession winners on the field (Vince is at $2 to gather 30 or more touches).
I’m backing the Crows to continue on their merry way in this one. It’s looking like a long day in the office for the inexperienced Melbourne defence, having to deal with the highest scoring attack this year. The likes of Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker, Tom Lynch and Josh Jenkins have led the Crows to the top of the scoring list, averaging 112 points per game while Melbourne averages just 96.
Best Bet: Adelaide to win $1.36
Best Outsider: Adelaide to cover the line of 20.5 $1.92
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