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A fight for survival starts today for Western Bulldogs and Adelaide Crows, with both teams at 1-2 for the season. Join our live coverage from 3.15pm AEST, which includes running commentary of the game.
As mentioned, this game is ultra-important for both teams but Adelaide however obviously has much more on the line.
In their quest to improve on their top-four spot last season, the Crows’ start has been incredibly disappointing.
The Crows began with an opening-round loss to Essendon, an unconvincing victory over Brisbane however their poor start reached a summit last week after they received a thumping from rival Port Adelaide.
Ben Rutten perhaps summed things up best by saying, “We have too many players (in the AFL line-up) not playing to their potential – and we need guys playing better as a team and working better together.”
The young Bulldogs side put in a disgraceful performance last week against the Tigers so this game should have them fired up.
Unfortunately for the Dogs they lost utility Shaun Higgins for the season this week after scans revealed a broken bone in his foot.
This blow is on top of injuries to Robert Murphy (calf), Eastern Wood (hamstring) and Tory Dickson (Ankle).
Help is on the way for the Dogs with skipper Matthew Boyd returning from injury alongside their 2012 number one pick Jake Stringer (pick five overall) who will make his debut for the club.
Surprisingly, the Bulldogs have beaten the Crows in four of the last five encounters between the two clubs, so there is hope for you yet Doggies fans.
In this match-up it is hard to overlook Adelaide’s star power in comparison with the Bulldogs however I’m sure Liam Picken and Nick Lower will have something to say about that.
There is also a glaring mismatch at each end of the field for the Bulldogs with Taylor Walker and Daniel Talia looming large over both ends of the field.
Expect this to be a great contested battle between two hungry teams.