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Geelong are after a win to cement their spot in the top eight when they host an Adelaide team beginning to splutter after a strong start to the season. Join The Roar for live scores and rolling coverage from 1:45pm (AEST).
The Crows have lost four in a row after a series of thrilling wins earlier in the year, and as a result find themselves yet again entrenched in the bottom four.
Making matters worse, they head to the Cattery minus spearhead Taylor Walker (COVID) and first-year goalsneak Josh Rachele (corked thigh), putting even more pressure on much-maligned forward Darcy Fogarty to lead the attack against a miserly Cats defence.
However, key defender Jordon Butts is a timely inclusion from the AFL’s health and safety protocols, while a dominant SANFL performance has seen Reilly O’Brien recalled. After long stints in the seconds, Matt Crouch and Wayne Milera have also earned their call-ups.
The Cats are doing enough to keep themselves in the eight, but sitting at 6-4, they are not the dominant force they have been in years gone by.
Their loss to Fremantle in Round 7 was also their third loss in the last 12 months at their one-time fortress in Geelong. However, against a struggling Crows outfit, they’d be expected to get the job done here, even with superstar Patrick Dangerfield out with a calf injury.
B: T. Stewart, S. De Koning, T. Atkins
HB: J. Kolodjashnij, Z. Guthrie, J. Bews
C: M. Duncan, C. Guthrie, C. Stephens
HF: I. Smith, J. Cameron, G. Rohan
F: T. Stengle, T. Hawkins, B. Close
FOLL: M. Blicavs, B. Parfitt, J. Selwood (c)
I/C: Z. Tuohy, F. Evans, G. Miers, M. O’Connor
EMG: M. Knevitt, Q. Narkle, S. Neale, L. Dahlhaus
IN: Miers (R10 medi-sub)
B: N. Murray, J. Butts, T. Doedee
HB: L. Brown, W. Hamill, B. Smith (c)
C: J. Hately, B. Keays, J. Soligo
HF: J. Dawson, R. Thilthorpe, W. Milera
F: S. McAdam, D. Fogarty, L. Murphy
FOLL: R. O’Brien, R. Laird, S. Berry
I/C: M. Crouch, M. Hinge, N. McHenry, J. Rowe
EMG: C. Jones, B. Cook, E. Himmelberg, B. Davis
IN: Butts, Crouch, O’Brien, Milera
OUT: Jones, Rachele, Strachan, Walker