The final game of Round 6 sees two undefeated sides in the Adelaide Crows and Richmond going head-to-head on Sunday afternoon in front of what is set to be a full house at the Adelaide Oval.
Both teams have been mightily impressive so far this season, a welcome change especially for fans of the Tigers, who finished the 2016 season in dismal fashion with just eight wins.
The Crows have been in a barnstorming mood so far, especially with their goal scoring, with tallies of 147, 113, 100, and back-to-back scores of 153 coming in the first five weeks of the season. Adelaide’s defence is holding up too, restricting their opposition scores to between 83 and 91 points per game so far in 2017.
Richmond however, has focused more on defence than attack, while still averaging 103 points per game, and like the Crows, the Tigers have also held their opponents to less than 90 points in every game this season. The difference is, over the last four weeks, their opponents have averaged just 10 goals.
Adelaide has been in a sustained run of good form lately with few exceptions, with victories in 18 of their last 21 games, and relish the conditions at home, given they have now won 19 of their last 21 at the Adelaide Oval, often by large margins.
Richmond has only met Adelaide twice at the Adelaide Oval, with the ledger split at one-all. Adelaide defeated the Tigers by 36 points in 2015, while Richmond got the chocolates in 2014 with a ten-point win. Going back to 2010, both sides have four wins against each other, with Adelaide taking the points in their only meeting last year at Docklands with a 128-92 win.
Of the Crows’ wins, two have come against last years finallists in Greater Western Sydney (56 points) and Hawthorn (24 points at the MCG). However, while Richmond’s best win was against the West Coast Eagles at the MCG, their remaining four wins have come against sides that finished in the bottom eight last year.
This is certainly the biggest test for the resurgent Tigers this year, and if they were to pull off the win, it would be seen as a massive boost to their credibility as both a finals and even premiership contender. On the other hand, given the way Adelaide has dispatched their opponents this season, anything less than a six-goal win would be a seen as a good effort by the Tigers on paper.
Adelaide by 38 points.