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  • Melbourne v Adelaide Crows
  • Round 10 - 14:50 ACST, May 27, 2018
  • TIO Traeger Park
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Form

3rd Ladder Position 4th
6 Wins 6
3 Losses 3
127.0 % 125.4
940 Points For 840
740 Points Against 670
LWWWW Form WWWLW

Recent Encounters

Round Result Venue Replay
R17, 2017

Melbourne 10.10 (70)

Adelaide Crows17.14 (116)

TIO Replay
R8, 2017

Adelaide Crows 9.12 (66)

Melbourne17.5 (107)

AO Replay
R15, 2016

Melbourne 15.8 (98)

Adelaide Crows18.12 (120)

MCG Replay
R3, 2015

Adelaide Crows 12.8 (80)

Melbourne7.13 (55)

AO Replay
R7, 2014

Adelaide Crows 9.13 (67)

Melbourne11.4 (70)

AO Replay

Stats

383 Disposals 387
40 Clearances 38
61 Inside 50 52
164 Contested Possessions 160
70 Tackles 66
53 Hit-Outs 42
22 Free Kicks 21

* Season Averages

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Jake Lever is set for a reunion with his former Adelaide teammates

Jake Lever is set for a reunion with his former Adelaide teammates

SUMMARY
The third-placed Demons face off against the fourth-placed Crows in a hugely important clash for both sides. Melbourne has won four games on the trot, but a win over last year's Grand Finalists would add some legitimacy to their finals credentials. The Demons have scored 315 points in their past two weeks and are fresh off a 109-point rout of Carlton. Melbourne's versatile forward line could prove to be a handful for Adelaide, with Jake Melksham (five goals against the Blues), Tom McDonald (four) and Alex Neal-Bullen (four) all in fine form. Despite being hit hard by injury, the Crows have won four of their past five encounters and appear in good shape to again finish in the top four. After a relatively slow start to the year, Eddie Betts has started to recapture his best form and has booted nine goals in the past three weeks. Betts and Demon Neville Jetta are expected to go toe-to-toe in what will be an enthralling match-up between two of the game's top indigenous players, with the Melbourne-Adelaide clash to kick off the celebrations for Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round the following week.

WHERE AND WHEN: TIO Traeger Park (Alice Springs), Sunday May 27, 2.50pm (ACST)
TV AND RADIO: Click here for broadcast guide

LAST FIVE TIMES
R17, 2017, Adelaide 17.14 (116) d Melbourne 10.10 (70) at TIO Stadium
R8, 2017, Melbourne 17.5 (107) d Adelaide 9.12 (66) at Adelaide Oval
R15, 2016, Adelaide 18.12 (120) d Melbourne 15.8 (98) at the MCG
R3, 2015, Adelaide 12.8 (80) d Melbourne 7.13 (55) at Adelaide Oval
R7, 2014, Melbourne 11.4 (70) d Adelaide 9.13 (67) at Adelaide Oval

THE SIX POINTS
1. Melbourne is the best side this season for taking the ball inside 50, averaging 61.1 per game. They're also ranked first for marks inside 50 and first for scoring. In the past four games, Melbourne is averaging 129 points per game. 

2. Adelaide has won three of the past four clashes and five of seven since 2012; there haven't been close finishes between the sides recently, with just one single figure result since 2007.

3. The Demons have now won 14 consecutive quarters and in their past four games they’ve kicked 78.51 to their opponents' 37.44. For the whole season they are +114 points in third quarters.

4. Melbourne will play its fifth "home" game at TIO Traeger Park where it has had just one win, which came last season against Gold Coast. The Crows will be playing in Alice Springs for the first time.

5. It will be a contest between the two best contested possession teams this season. The Demons are No.1 in the AFL, averaging 163.6 per game. They sit marginally ahead of the Crows in second with an average of 159.7.

6. Melbourne forward Jake Melksham scored a staggering 40.4 points in the Schick AFL Player Ratings last week against Carlton, the fifth-highest recorded since 2010.

IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR …
Jake Lever. Lever left the Crows on acrimonious terms at the end of last season and after some parting shots levelled at him following his departure, he will be keen to play well. The defender played his best game for Melbourne last week and he'll be looking to continue that form against his old side in Alice Springs.

PREDICTION: Melbourne by 16 points

Team Lineups

Team Lineups

Melbourne

B

  • Michael Hibberd,
  • Oscar McDonald,
  • Neville Jetta

HB

  • Bernie Vince,
  • Jake Lever,
  • Jordan Lewis

C

  • Nathan Jones,
  • Jack Viney,
  • Angus Brayshaw

HF

  • Alex Neal-Bullen,
  • Jesse Hogan,
  • Jake Melksham

F

  • Tom McDonald,
  • Timothy Smith,
  • Christian Petracca

Fol

  • Max Gawn,
  • Christian Salem,
  • Clayton Oliver

I/C

  • James Harmes,
  • Charlie Spargo,
  • Bayley Fritsch,
  • Mitch Hannan

Emg

  • Dom Tyson,
  • Cameron Pedersen,
  • Jayden Hunt,
  • Jeff Garlett

NO CHANGE

In

  • No Change

Adelaide Crows

B

  • Jake Kelly,
  • Daniel Talia,
  • Luke Brown

HB

  • Rory Laird,
  • Tom Doedee,
  • Paul Seedsman

C

  • Rory Atkins,
  • Hugh Greenwood,
  • David Mackay

HF

  • Richard Douglas,
  • Tom Lynch,
  • Cameron Ellis-Yolmen

F

  • Darcy Fogarty,
  • Josh Jenkins,
  • Eddie Betts

Fol

  • Sam Jacobs,
  • Bryce Gibbs,
  • Matt Crouch

I/C

  • Jordan Gallucci,
  • Kyle Hartigan,
  • Wayne Milera,
  • Sam Gibson

Emg

  • Andy Otten,
  • Myles Poholke,
  • Reilly O'Brien,
  • Lachlan Murphy

NO CHANGE

In

  • Luke Brown,
  • Matt Crouch,
  • Wayne Milera

Out

  • Lachlan Murphy (Omitted),
  • Andy Otten (Omitted),
  • Myles Poholke (Omitted)

Last updated: 5:04pm Friday, May 25, 2018

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