Fri, Apr 15, 9:48am by Kevin Pitstock
When and Where:
7.10pm at AAMI Stadium
Port Adelaide – 16
Adelaide – 13
Draws – 0
Last Time They Met:
Port Adelaide 13.10 (88) defeated Adelaide 9.15 (69), round 17, 2010 at AAMI Stadium
Port Adelaide – LLL
Adelaide – WBL
Current Ladder Positions:
Port Adelaide – 16th (0-3)
Adelaide – 11th (1-1)
Patrick Dangerfield has been showing glimpses of his stardom over the past three weeks. The 21-year-old blitzed Hawthorn in the first round with a brilliant individual performance in the second half, then gathered a career high 25 touches and a goal of the year contender against the Dockers last week. Can Dangerfield prove himself on the Showdown stage on Saturday night?
While Dangerfield will be trying to make a mark, David Rodan has already proven himself in the South Australian derby. The 27-year-old loves the local rival match and was particularly influential in the two 2010 games, kicking two goals from 34 touches over the two games. Rodan loves the big stage, so expect an inspired effort from him on Saturday night
Port Adelaide Team Changes:
IN – Michael Pettigrew, Steven Salopek, Brett Ebert, Jacob Surjan and Cameron Hitchcock
OUT – Kance Cornes, Danyle Pearce, Daniel Stewart, Jason Davenport and Jarrad Irons
Adelaide Team Changes:
IN – Myke Cook and Luke Thompson
OUT – Scott Stevens (ill) and Phil Davis (shoulder)
The South Australian ‘Showdown’ is always fascinating viewing and the 30th edition shouldn’t be any different with both sides desperate to make amends for ordinary performances last weekend.
After having the bye in the second round, Adelaide would’ve been extremely disappointed by its efforts against the Dockers last Saturday. The Crows seemed rusty and were uncompetitive in the first term, allowing Fremantle to skip out to a five-goal lead at the quarter-time break. They probably broke even with the Dockers over the final three quarters, but the Crows knew they missed out on a golden opportunity to beat a serious finals-contender at home early in the season.
There have been some positive signs for the Crows this season though. Besides Dangerfield, Scott Thompson has been lighting it up through the midfield, with counts of 40 and 25 disposals over the first two games, while young Shaun McKernan looks like a great find.
They went in with low expectations, but it was still disappointing that Port Adelaide was never in the contest against the Cats. Yes the Power are a young team, but surely their supporters must be sick and tired of their team underperforming on a weekly basis. The match committee has swung the axe at the selection table, dropping five players, including the experienced midfield duo of Kane Cornes and Danyle Pearce.
A rare highlight for the Power this season has been the games of Jasper Pittard. The small rebounding defender has improved with every game he’s played and will play as many games as possible, barring injury of course.
Going on the overall head-to-head record, it never matters where these two teams are on the ladder because the Showdown is generally always tight and emotional. The Crows should win this one because they are the more established team, but don’t be surprised to see a more competitive Port Adelaide unit on Saturday night.
Best Head-To-Head Bet:
Adelaide by 1-39 ($2.28 – Centrebet)
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Other Suggested Bets:
First Goal Scorer – Brett Ebert or Chris Knights both on Sportingbet
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