This will be the second match played between the two sides since Richmond’s 2017 Grand Final triumph. The Crows enjoyed some fleeting revenge in an early-season meeting at Adelaide Oval, but this time the match will be played at the MCG, where Richmond is on an incredible streak.
Adelaide fought hard last week against the Eagles and came out with a well-deserved win. The return of stars Rory Sloane and Rory Laird was an important factor, adding some class and toughness to a team that has been missing both factors for months. Laird gathered 32 disposals and took eight marks in his comeback game, which was the catalyst towards the Crows’ comeback in the second half.
After Reece Conca went down early with a dislocated ankle, it was clear that the Tigers’ leaders needed to stand up and take charge on Thursday night against Sydney — Jack Riewoldt did just that. Riewoldt played one of the games of his life and was by far the best player in the game, taking a career high 16 marks and kicking three influential goals.
Nick Vlastuin was playing one of his finer matches, taking a specky on Buddy Franklin and rebounding the ball outside the defensive 50 over and over again. His only blemish will cost him a spot in the team this week, after elbowing Luke Parker in the eye with careless intent, which the match review panel assessed as a one match ban.
These two sides hold nothing back when they take on one another and the match will be a great spectacle this Friday Night. Here are our tips for what could be the last finals hope for the Crows in 2018.
Richmond Tigers vs. Adelaide Crows Round 16 – Player Specials Tips
Lambert is having his best season since earning his way into the Tigers’ best 22. After finishing third in the club’s best and fairest last season, it was clear that Richmond rated Kane internally. This season the public perception now matches his one within the club. Finding the footy 25 times is far from difficult in the modern game and we think he’ll sneak under the Crows guard to get the numbers.
Rory Sloane to get 25 Disposals @ $1.65
In his comeback match, the Crows star found the footy just a mere 14 times, playing a high amount of game time. The competitive beast is well known for being able to bounce back and play well. We see Sloane bouncing back in a big way in this grudge match and leading from the front.
Richmond Tigers vs. Adelaide Crows Round 16 – Total Goals Tips
Richmond Tigers 14.5 Over/Under
Over @ $1.87
If Jack Riewoldt can continue his outstanding form, it will become very easy for the Tigers to score heavily. With the mix of smalls and medium targets inside 50, the Yellow and Black army seems to have cracked the code to success. Adelaide’s backline has been very sluggish and tall in the past, we think they will not be able to keep up with the ballistic ball movement that Richmond will bring to the table. Expect Dustin Martin to swing forward at some stage and make an impact on the scoreboard.
Adelaide Crows 9.5 Over/Under
Over @ $1.70
Not only do we see the Tigers scoring overs, we think the Crows will do so as well. We see the trend of high scores from Round 15 continuing this week and Adelaide, with more scoring options and an in-form Tex Walker, look more than capable of kicking 10 goals.
Richmond Tigers vs. Adelaide Crows Round 16 – Quarter by Quarter Tips
Draw at the End of any Quarter @ $13.00
This cheeky punt has us thinking we can make a few dollars this weekend. The match could most definitely end in a draw at the end of at least one quarter. We think it will be the first term that ends in a tie, but we will be happy if any of the quarters are tied up when the siren sounds. The $13.00 odds are very appealing and have lured us in enough to put at least a couple of dollars in case it comes up.
Tigers vs. Crows Match Predictions
Match Result: Richmond Tigers to win @ $1.22
Line Betting: Adelaide Crows +30.5 @ $1.92
Richmond do not lose matches at the MCG — simple as that. The Crows have plenty of their better personal back in action, but is it enough to beat the Tigers?
Perhaps when pigs fly.
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