Port Adelaide v Adelaide
Sat 5:10pm at Adelaide Oval
Best: Wire to Wire- Any Other Result ($2.00)
Value: Adelaide 1-24 ($3.25)
Player Prop: Hugh Greenwood 8+ Tackles ($3.00)
First Goalscorer: Steven Motlop
Showdown Medallist: Richard Douglas ($26.00)
It’s one of the biggest events on South Australia’s sporting calendar- and Showdown XLVI promises to be no exception when the Power and Crows clash at Adelaide Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Showdown has a storied and eventful history with eurphoric highs and devastating lows. There’s the infamous Ramsgate Hotel fight after serial pest Josh Carr stitched up Mark Ricciuto and then there’s the Crows trying to use the SA jumper as their own in the inaugural match. And who could forget the last Showdown at Football Park where Angus Monfries bent the ball at right angles and Chad ‘Clutch’ Wingard kicked a game-sealing goal with 30 seconds to play. Tragically, the most memorable Showdown came about after the horrific circumstances surrounding Phil Walsh’s passing, who was a much-loved coach at both clubs- and it serves as a timely reminder that this Showdown will simply be a game (a big one, nonetheless) and not the be all and end all. Can the Power draw on their reserves of emotion and spirit with which footy pundits say leaves them either fired up or completely vulnerable- or will Adelaide be the pride of South Australia?
Port Adelaide (WLLWL) – Oh Port. Just when you think they’ve taken 3 steps forward, they take 6 steps back. Their display against the Eagles last Saturday, with everything on the line, was insipid. Only Robbie Gray, Travis Boak, Dan Houston, Darcy Byrne-Jones and Steven Motlop could hold their heads up high after the game- with the Power carrying so many passengers, they would’ve needed 5 credit cards to pay for the extra baggage back to Alberton.
Adelaide (WLWWW) – They haven’t been in the same form they were last year, but they haven’t had the players they did last year either. The past fortnight has seen two 40+ point wins, and the promising return of Matt Crouch, who has notched up 30 disposals each time in his two games back from a hamstring strain. Oh, and how about that McGovern kid? What a star! Has some of the best (if not THE best) dukes in the competition.
Stats That Matter
– The Crows have won the past 5 Showdowns
– Eddie Betts has kicked 12 goals in his last 3 games against the Power
– Adelaide won their last encounter by a massive 84 points
– Rory Laird has registered 30+ disposals in every game this season
– The Crows have won 14 of their last 18 games at Adelaide Oval
– Port are 0-3 on the Over/Under in their last 3 matches
– Brad Ebert averages 8.4 tackles a game in 2018
2018 Line: Port Adelaide- 3-4; Adelaide- 4-3
2018 Over-Under: Port Adelaide- 2-5; Adelaide- 2-5
What To Expect
This is a massive game, not just in the context of the usual hysterics surrounding a Showdown- but it is a chance for the Crows to embed themselves in the Top 4 or, conversely, a chance for the Power to return to the 8 and prove they are the real deal. The Wolf is expecting an arm wrestle early, before Adelaide kick away with it in the last. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a Power win- but siding with the Crows and sticking with the Wire to Wire market given the expected level of momentum swings during the game.
How It’s Shaping Up
Adelaide by 13
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