Gold Coast vs Adelaide : The Gold Coast Suns have their best chance yet to complete their Grand Slam of having beaten each and every team in the AFL if they welcome the under-siege Adelaide Crows to pulse life at Metricon Stadium.
Having gone almost 14 months without a victory, the Suns stunned the AFL world by thrashing premiership fancies the West Coast Eagles by 44 points at Metricon Stadium last Saturday night at what was their 200th AFL premiership match.
The Rising Star nomination after amassing 26 disposals, seven tackles and two objectives in what was the Suns’ largest win against the Eagles and their second against these after a win in 2017.
The challenge to Stuart Dew’s side would be to back it up against the
After losing their season opener against the Swans at home, Matthew Nicks’ side only insipid in its 75-point loss to Port Adelaide in the Showdown, with the ex-Swans defender labelling the conquer”awkward”.
The Crows had begun the game strongly, but waved the white flag After quarter-time as they crashed to their worst defeat from the intra-state rivalry, eclipsing the 65-point thrashing they copped in 2001.
Additional souring the conquer, captain Rory Sloane didn’t feature after Three-quarter-time after suffering a thigh injury in the third quarter, and is in doubt for the clash against the Suns.
History is heavily on the Crows’ side, as they’ve never dropped to the Suns in 13 previous attempts, and have also never lost about the Gold Coast since entering the contest in 1991.
But despite this, I think that the Suns should continue their strong form In the home and allow it to be 14th time lucky against the Crows, which will see them listing at least one victory against each of the other 17 clubs in the league.
What it means for Gold Coast: The Suns need to recover credibility. A win could be incredible — and snap an 11-game losing streak — but at a minimum they will need to show some spirit for themselves and their lovers after a week’s horrendous loss to Richmond.
What it implies for Adelaide: A Opportunity To regain any form and confidence. Even though they can’t take Gold Coast lightly — recall the Suns beat Sydney at the exact same point of 2018 — this really is a opportunity to solidify a spot in a tight top-eight race.
The stat: There is One group Gold Coast is yet to defeat in its AFL history — Adelaide. The closest Gold Coast has come is 28 points in round 14, 2013.
While the Suns may try out another player (Jesse Joyce) to man Betts, Harbrow (ranked 220 overall from the Official AFL Player Ratings) would enjoy a opportunity to atone to the round five competition where Betts (No.109) ripped six majors, including a miraculous left-footed banana Goal of the Year contender.
It’s a huge week for: Jack Hombsch.
The former Port defender was forced to play on larger opponents most of the year after a ruptured ACL into Rory Thompson and season-ending hip injury to Sam Collins. He will again likely be fighting out of his weight division against either Taylor Walker or Josh Jenkins.
Big forecast: Gold Coast struggles like crazy and within two goals late in the fourth quarter.
The stat: Port Adelaide has won 10 of 11 competitions Between the clubs, with Gold Coast’s only success being its historic first-ever as a club in 2011. Port has won the past 10 games with an average of 44 points.
With a few disruptions to its half-back line, Gold Coast has groomed Fourth-year midfielder Bowes into the new role. After maintaining Gary Ablett quiet in a pre-season match, Bowes is a fantastic candidate to line-up on Port matchwinner Gray.
It’s a big week : Brandon Ellis
After 176 matches and 2 premierships in eight seasons for Richmond, Brandon Ellis will play his first match in Gold Coast colors. His last game was the Grand Final in front of 100,014 audiences — a Vast difference to a vacant Metricon Stadium.
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