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The Adelaide Crows welcome the Western Bulldogs to the Adelaide Oval, with the home side looking to bounce back after last week’s Showdown loss. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7:50pm (AEST).
It would have been a tough week for the Crows, Mitch McGovern having seemingly won them the Showdown with his converted set shot, only for Steven Motlop to go up the other end and snatch the win for the Power in the dying seconds.
It was four points that definitely got away from them, especially when you consider they had the lead before Robbie Gray put in one of those special performances you see once in a lifetime.
But Don Pyke’s group have overcome adversity already this season, arguably in more difficult circumstances, so one should expect them to be back to their best this weekend.
They do have some injury concerns, but they seem to find ways to cover the absence of certain individuals, so it shouldn’t have too big of an impact, especially being at home.
In team news for the Crows, Sam Gibson will make his Adelaide debut after coming across from the North Melbourne Kangaroos. Darcy Fogarty, Lachlan Murphy and Kyle Hartigan also come into the side.
Luke Brown (adductor), Matt Crouch (hamstring), Taylor Walker (glute) and McGovern (ankle) are all out.
As for the Western Bulldogs, it was a hard fought-win against the Brisbane Lions last week. There was nothing pretty about it, but they got the job done.
The senior players are starting to get some continuity, leading from the front – as you would expect. Jack Macrae led the way with an incredible 47 disposals against the Lions, and Marcus Bontempelli proved clinical, kicking four goals.
In team news, Dogs captain Easton Wood, Jackson Trengove and Jordan Roughead all return, while Aaron Naughton (ankle), while Mitch Honeychurch and Lewis Young have been omitted.
This is a different Bulldogs side to the one that won the flag back in 2016, and it’s also so young. They’ll learn from this game, but won’t get any premiership points from it.
The Crows by 33.
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