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Melbourne Demons v Adelaide Crows Tips and Predictions - Crows to fly high in top end clash

Rippa Staff 13 Jul 2017
  • Massive clash for both clubs
  • Both sides are coming off wins last week
  • Demons are struggling with injuries to key personnel

Melbourne Demons hosts the Adelaide Crows on Saturday night at TIO Stadium in Darwin. Can the Dees stun the Crows again in 2017 or will the ladder leaders have the answers this time?

First bounce is at 7:10 PM ACST (7:40PM AEST) on Saturday night at TIO Stadium in Darwin and the action can be seen on Fox Footy. AFL Live Vision is also available to ALL CrownBet members. Every Match, wherever you are. 

Match Preview


Although their opposition wasn’t strong in the Western Bulldogs, I really felt like the Crows hit their straps last week. They were a lot more physical in the contest led by Taylor Walker and Josh Jenkins.

If they stay consistent in this area they will be a handful for any side and Melbourne Demons will be hard pressed to hold up against the ladder leading Crows this week.

Melbourne got out of jail against a much improved Carlton side last week but the cracks are appearing with key personnel out. Co captains Nathan Jones and Jack Viney leave too big a void in the midfield coming up against a side like Adelaide.

It certainly has been an unpredictable season to date and you just have to look at the previous clash between these two sides to prove this. Melbourne travelled to the Adelaide Oval in Round 8 and after a slow start ran away to a 41-point win.

Team News


It is one change for the Melbourne Demons at Jay Kennedy-Harris returns in place of Billy Stretch.

For the Adelaide Crows, Wayne Milera is ruled out with a calf injury and Scott Thompson is left out. In come Hugh Greenwood and Tom Lynch.

Stats 


  • Adelaide are the highest ranked scoring team in the AFL
  • These sides are ranked 1st Adelaide and 2nd Melbourne in contested possessions 
  • Adelaide play their first game in Darwin in club history

Prediction and Tips


Round 17 is here and this stage of the season is where we see the pretenders and premiership threats start to show.

I believe we have a classic case of both meeting in this clash. Adelaide have been inconsistent but we will see them dominate teams over the coming rounds starting with a depleted Melbourne side this week.

Expect The Crows to have too much physicality and goal scoring options for The Demons in this one.


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Melbourne Demons v Adelaide Crows Tips and Predictions - Crows to fly high in top end clash

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