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The biggest match in South Australia has arrived for 2021, with the Port Adelaide Power meeting the Adelaide Crows for the first time in 2021. Keep an eye on all the action from the Showdown with live scores on The Roar from 7:40pm (AEST).
For the first time since 2019, Crows and Power fans will descend on the Adelaide Oval en masse for arguably the AFL’s most passionate rivalry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sole Showdown of 2020 saw just 2,240 fans in attendance as the Power won by a whopping 75 points.
Port have dominated the rivalry of late, winning four of their past five clashes with the Crows. After last week’s disastrous loss to Brisbane, the Power will be keen to remind the AFL world why they’re considered one of the premiership favourites with a big win here.
The Crows started the season promisingly, but that bright beginning is starting to look like a false dawn. Matthew Nicks’ team coughed up a 32-point lead to lose to Hawthorn in Round 6, before being thrashed at home by GWS to the tune of 67 points.
The battle between Taylor Walker and the Power’s arsenal of gun key defenders will play a big role in deciding this match. Walker leads the Coleman Medal with 27 goals for the season to date, but with Port captain Tom Jonas and in-form recruit Aliir Aliir in his path, ‘Tex’ will need to be at his very best to boot a match-winning bag.