Friday night footy heads to the SCG for the first time this year, with the Swans hosting a Crows side desperate for redemption after a shock 48 point loss to Collingwood last Friday. The Crows were horrendous in that game, with captain Taylor Walker coming under fire for his poor leadership and a number of Crows (particularly Rory Sloane) providing no presence whatsoever. No doubt John Longmire will have his well-drilled Swans outfit ready for the Adelaide response; and their strong record at home, against an Adelaide side they have gotten a hold of in recent times, should hold them in good stead. Daniel Talia will be crossing all his fingers and toes that his midfield can put up a contest against the Swans engine room- otherwise he will be in for a torrid night against Lance Franklin. The Wolf will keenly watching this game to see if Sydney can prove their Premiership credentials.
Sydney (WLWW) – After the hiccup at home against Port Adelaide, the Swans have clicked into gear, with tough fought wins over GWS and the Bulldogs. Buddy always finds a way to impact games, Parker is kicking goals again and Dean Rampe continues to hold the defence together.
Adelaide (LWWL) – After two easy wins, it is hard to fathom just how the Crows could lose by 48 points at home. They brought no intent, no aggression, and had horrendously poor skills and decision making. To make matters worse, a number of stars are under injury clouds.
Stats That Matter– Lance Franklin has kicked 17 goals from 4 matches this year – Sydney have won 6 of the past 7 meetings – Adelaide are 4-9 on the Over/Under away from home – In his past 4 games against Adelaide, Dan Hannebery averages 34 disposals – Sydney have won 8 from their last 9 games at home – Adelaide have scored 11 more goals than their opponents in 3rd Quarters this season
It is hard to know what to expect out of this Adelaide side, but either way the Wolf is expecting Sydney to be far too good at home. No doubt ‘Tex’ and his charges will be itching for redemption, but the Swans, and their contested game style, will be able to withstand whatever the Crows throw at them. If Jacobs really gets a hold of Sinclair, and the midfield can supply their forward line with plenty of ball, Adelaide could make it interesting- but the Wolf won’t be having a bar of that. Swans.
How It’s Shaping UpSydney by 26
Best: Franklin 3+ Goals & Sydney WIN ($2.00) Value: Sydney -15.5 & Over 179.5 ($4.20) Player Prop: Luke Parker 6+ Tackles ($1.85) First Goalscorer: Oliver Florent ($21.00)