Looking to further their lead at the top of the table this weekend, Geelong travel to the AAMI Stadium where they will bounce off the round 16 proceedings, as they face the 10th placed Adelaide outfit.
Both sides have lost just one of their last five fixtures as Adelaide begin to climb the ladder after some improved form in recent weeks, however the Cats present another kettle of fish and will certainly be hard to overcome.
The visitors are firm favourites for the win at $1.28 with Ladbrokes.com.au, and up against one of the other inform clubs at this point of the season, will need players such as Paul Chapman to play as he did the last time they met – with the Cats winning by the slightest of margins.
Chapman was simply superb in the 2009 fixture, booting six goals from 24 touches, and alongside Gary Ablett in his element at the moment and Joel Corey, is a tough midfield to deal with.
The Cats will also be boosted by the return of key forward Cameron Mooney after carrying out a two-match suspension.
The home side are outsiders at $3.72, and while many will write them off as not being in with a chance of a win, the pressure is on them if they want to play September footy.
Scott Thompson has timed his return to form spectacularly after struggling with an injury, and averaging 29 possessions in his last three fixtures with his last two rewarding him with the best-on-ground title, will need to be on top form when up against a quality Cats set up.
While it is likely there is just one way this fixture will go – and we all know Cats eat Crows day in day out – Adelaide has come a long way, more so than the ladder positions suggest, and with the Cats losing to the Saints in round 13 and struggling against the Hawks last weekend could be a shock result.
Our tip is to go with the odds and back a Geelong win by 20-39 at $4.25 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match:
While Friday night footy is always great, Adelaide beating Geelong would perhaps go down as the biggest upset this season, and despite the Crows hoping to continue their mid-season resurgence to top form, the Cats have proved they have what it takes to win – even if it is not pretty. Often keeping the score close and pouncing in the second half, our tip is to go with the odds and back a Geelong win by 20-39 at $4.25 with Ladbrokes.com.au.