AFL Round 9 Match of the Round – Collingwood V Adelaide

Two in-form teams are set to go head to head this Saturday night in what will be a bumper fixture at AAMI Stadium. Adelaide have surprised many this year and after eight rounds must be considered genuine premiership contenders. The Crows have lost just one match all year while Collingwood have returned to their consistent best after some early season wobbles and are snapping at the heels of the top three sides with six wins to their name.

Adelaide

Confidence is a big thing in sport and there is no shortage of that within the Crows camp. They asserted themselves as a competition heavyweight when dominating Carlton by 69 points on the weekend and will be out to continue their sizzling run of form. Collingwood will have to be careful of giant forward Kurt Tippet who was quiet last start but adds an extra dimension to the Crows side if he can get his radar on target.

Collingwood

The Magpies have won their last five matches and will head into the fixture full of confidence after beating a star-studded Geelong Cats team on Friday night. The big question mark is how they will cope without super star Dane Swan who is undeniably a huge part of the Magpies line up. The Magpies were already struggling with injuries and have also lost Ben Reid meaning they will have to rely a lot on their young brigade.

The Tip

Adelaide were simply dominant against Carlton last week and in front of their home fans should be too strong for a Collingwood side that has been hit by injuries to key players.

The Bet

Adelaide Line -12.5 $1.90

The Crows have plenty of points in them and should be good enough to cover the line against a Collingwood side that have looked suspect in defence at times this year.

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