Adelaide vs Essendon (Saturday) Betting Preview & Tips

The Crows have been big firmers for the flag but can they go 4-0?

Thu, 13 Apr, 4:04 AM




The Crows have been big firmers for the flag but can they go 4-0?


Adelaide has been the benchmark of the competition so far in 2017 and should again carry on their winning ways hosting an Essendon team who were bitterly disappointing in losing to Carlton last week.


The Crows were never really troubled in a win over Port Adelaide and it was star midfielder Rory Sloane who stole the show with 31 possessions and a goal.


Adelaide has never lost to the Bombers at the Adelaide Oval and the Bombers have struggled outside Victoria in recent seasons.


Another concern for Essendon is that they are playing on a six-day back-up after an extremely taxing game against Carlton, often teams that play in heavy conditions are left flat the following week and running into the team on top of the table is the worst possible scenario for Essendon.


Essendon managed the lowest score of the entire 2017 season against Carlton last week; they only mustered an embarrassing total of six goals and 42 total points.


In the opening two rounds of the season they peppered the goals, but when the opportunities dried up they did not have a single player score multiple goals.


When these teams met last it was in Round 19 last year and the Crows won by 82 points.


While Essendon results from 2016 must be taken with a grain of salt as they had a host of key players out suspended, what is clear is that the Crows forward line got a hold of them that night with Eddie Betts, Charlie Cameron and Mitch McGoven combining for 13 majors.


Adelaide is now into an odds-on quote of $1.95 (TAB) to be the last team to lose a game and should be too strong for Essendon. They then have Gold Coast next week and then Richmond, who are also currently undefeated, the week after.


Geelong is the only other undefeated side and they have a danger game against Hawthorn on Monday so the price on the Crows looks extremely attractive.



When these teams played last the Crows won by 82 points and Eddie Betts stole the show with five goals, stick with him to boot the most on the ground.









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