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Adelaide Crows 2017 Season Preview: Don Pyke's side an $11 chance for Premiership

Adam Cusworth 14 Feb 2017
  • Adelaide have the most potent attacking side in the competition
  • Rory Sloane a $12 chance of winning the Brownlow
  • Crows need to improve disposal efficiency to take the next step

After featuring in the finals in the past two seasons, the AFL's most prolific goalscoring side, the Adelaide Crows, have been installed at the odds of $11 to claim the 2017 premiership with CrownBet. 

Are the Crows a genuine chance? Here is our preview of the year ahead for the South Australian based side. 

2016 position: 6th

2017 Difficulty Rating: 5

Off season movements
ARRIVALS: Jordan Gallucci, Myles Poholke, Elliot Himmelberg, Matthew Signorello, Ben Davis, Ben Jarman
DEPARTURES: Matt Jaensch, Nathan van Berlo, Mitch Grigg, Ricky Henderson, Luke Lowden,  Jarryd Lyons (Gold Coast)


The Don Pyke-coached side currently occupies the fourth line of betting for the flag alongside Geelong, and behind GWS, the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans. 

With the most potent forward line in the competition, the Crows finished the home and away season with 16 wins and just percentage outside of the top four. They smashed North Melbourne in the Elimination Final but were then found wanting against Sydney in the Semi Finals.

On face value, they come off an outstanding season but they may have overachieved and Pyke will be looking for a few improvements if they are to further progress this season. 

At times, the formidable movement was found wanting, particularly in clutch games and the Crows were ranked just 15th for disposal efficiency throughout the year. Sam Jacobs was also a tad down in the ruck and it will be interesting to see if the new 'third man up' rule will play into the hands of the big man. 

Adelaide also enjoyed a nice run with injuries and suspensions last year (although Rory Sloane's couldn't have come at a worse time) and they had a cushy draw in 2016. 

This year, they enjoy a relatively kind draw once again, if you consider they finished up in 6th position. They play just two sides from the top eight on two occasions and will benefit from their quota of games at the hostile Adelaide Oval. 

A top eight finish for the third season in a row looks to be on the cards and they are $1.35 in this market with CrownBet, while they have been installed as a $2.40 chance to finish top four. 

In individual player betting, Rory Sloane is a $12 chance to join his mate, and former Crow, Patrick Dangerfield as a Brownlow Medal, while the brilliant Eddie Betts is a $15 chance to claim the Coleman Medal. 

Key betting odds

Premiership $11 (CrownBet)
Top Four: $2.40 (CrownBet)
Top Eight: $1.35 (CrownBet)
Brownlow: Rory Sloane $12 (bet365)
Coleman Medal: Eddie Betts $15 William Hill


Take the $1.35 for the Crows to make the finals and for a bit of value, consider Eddie Betts for the Coleman Medal. 

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