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Match preview: Adelaide v St Kilda

Pick a Winner: Adel v StK Duck and Browny preview the Crows v Saints

Where and when: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, August 3, 7.10pm ACST 

TV and radio: Click here for broadcast guide

What it means for Adelaide: This is a must-win game for the under-siege Crows who have lost four of their past five, but still remain in the top eight on percentage.

What it means for St Kilda: The Saints are revitalised under interim coach Brett Ratten, winning their past two games since parting ways with Alan Richardson. Another victory would keep their unlikely finals dream alive.

 

The stat: The Crows have won nine in a row against the Saints since 2012, with an average margin of 53 points. Seven of those nine victories were by 40 or more points. The Saints have an abysmal Adelaide Oval record, losing all nine times they've played at the venue.

The match-up: Daniel Talia v Josh Bruce

Talia, the Crows' best key defender in the Official AFL Player Ratings (158th overall), will get the job on Bruce, the Saints' No.1 key forward (351st overall) who booted four goals in last week's win against Melbourne.

 

It’s a big week for: Don Pyke

The Crows coach has been under the pump in the wake of last weekend's loss to Carlton. After inviting the players over to his house, Pyke needs his team to stand up and produce a performance they're capable of to get their season back on track.

Big call: The Saints beat the Crows for the first time in eight years to throw the race for eighth spot wide open.

Prediction: Saints by eight points