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Fremantle Dockers v Adelaide Crows Match Preview and Predictions - Can Adelaide regain their mojo or will it be the Dockers?

Adam Cusworth 8 Jun 2018
  • Fremantle and Adelaide have been out of sorts of late and face each other in Round 12
  • Here is our preview of the Perth Stadium clash

The Fremantle Dockers and the Adelaide Crows square off in Sunday AFL action and the Perth Stadium clash gets underway at 4.40PM AEST (or 2.40PM local time). 

The June 10 encounter will be broadcast on Fox Footy and a win is vital for both sides as we pass the halfway mark of the home and away season. 

Match Preview


Fremantle have generally struggled in 2018, winning just four of 11. The Dockers sit in 13th position and have been largely uncompetitive in a number of games. The good news for their fans is that their side have generally been good at Perth Stadium and all of their wins have come at the new venue. 

Adelaide's season is in freefall mode. The 2017 runners up have struggled to deal with injuries to a number of key players and have lost three of their past four. In Round 10 they suffered one of their worst defeats in recent memory, going down to Melbourne by 91, while in Round 11 they were conquered by GWS at the Adelaide Oval by 16. 

The Crows need to win this to stay in touch, otherwise they face a tough time of it in their quest to make the finals again. Don Pyke's side still have a positive win-loss ratio of 6-5 but they have slipped out of the eight and are in 9th position on the ladder. 

Bryce Gibbs, Matt Crouch and Rory Laird should find plenty of the footy for the Crows but Pyke will need to find a way to solve his sides troubles up forward. The normally high-scoring outfit have averaged just 72 points per game in the past four weeks and seem to be relying too heavily on Eddie Betts. 

At Fremantle, Ross Lyon has plenty of work to do to find the right formula. His side were rolled by Collingwood to the tune of 61 and the week prior to that they were beaten by North Melbourne at Perth Stadium by 28. 

The Dockers have a number of injury concerns, while their key playmaker, Nat Fyfe, will miss after landing a stray elbow on Collingwood's Levi Greenwood last weekend. Lyon will need a host of his younger players to step up, while David Mundy, Michael Walters and Lachie Neale are members of the older brigade that can have an influence. 

Team News


Fremantle are likely to regain Aaron Sandilands, while it remains to be seen if a number of the big names that are currently toiling in the WAFL will earn a recall. 

Adelaide's Tom Lynch is in doubt with a side strain, while Taylor Walker and Rory Sloane are still another week or two away. 

Stats


Adelaide have destroyed Fremantle in recent times. They have won their past three against the Dockers by an average margin of 62 points. 

Last year it was the Crows by 100 points at the Adelaide Oval in Round 10, while in 2016 it was a 72 point win at Domain Stadium. The Crows have won two from four outside of Adelaide this year, while Freo have won four of their six Perth Stadium games in 2018. 

Prediction and Tips


Adelaide can bounce back with a much needed win. 



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