Adelaide Crows vs Richmond Tigers Tips, Teams and Odds – AFL Grand Final 2017

We take a look at Sunday’s AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers. The Crows go into the match as favourites although there isn’t much between the two teams who both made easy work of their Preliminary Final opponents. The stage is set for a massive match.

When: 14:30 | Saturday 30/09/2017

Where: MCG

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Odds:

AFL Grand Final 2017 - Adelaide Crows vs Richmond Tigers Tips and Odds

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Tip: Adelaide Crows at $1.72

 

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Info:

* Head to head: Crows 23 Tigers 12

* Last clash: Round 6 2017 – Crows 21.14 (140) bt Tigers 10.4 (64) at Adelaide Oval

* Head to head in finals: First finals meeting

* Last final: First finals meeting

* Grand final record: Crows 2 wins (1997, 1998), 0 losses; Tigers 10 wins (1920, 1921, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1980), 11 losses

* Tab Sportsbet: Crows $1.77 Tigers $2.10

* William Hill: Crows $1.67 Tigers $2.20

 

Comments:

The wait is finally over for the two sides with the longest active AFL grand-final droughts. Adelaide last competed for the flag in 1998, while Richmond have had to wait 35 long years between drinks. Tigers fans are daring to dream but they will face an imposing opponent in the Crows. Already boasting elite forwards and a strong backline, the minor premiers have turned their supposed weakness – their midfield – into a huge strength. But Richmond have enormous belief and momentum, not to mention the best player in the AFL in Dustin Martin. And Daniel Rioli’s four preliminary-final goals showed the Tiger cubs won’t be overawed by the big stage.

Key: Can the Crows stop Martin? The unbackable Brownlow Medal favourite has had a strong finals campaign and loves performing on the big stage. His strength and ability to fend off opponents makes him extremely difficult to match up on in the middle. And his dynamism and contested marking ability means he’s also hard to stop when he is played up forward. If the Crows can keep ‘Dusty’ quiet, they’ll go a long way towards winning a third flag.

Tip: Crows by 10 points

 

CROWS

B: R.Laird, K.Hartigan, J.Lever

HB: P.Seedsman, D.Talia, L.Brown

C: D.Mackay, R.Sloane, R.Atkins

HF: C.Cameron, J.Jenkins, E.Betts

F: T.Lynch, T.Walker, R.Douglas

FOLL: S.Jacobs, B.Crouch, M.Crouch

I/C: R.Knight, J.Kelly, H.Greenwood, A.Otten

EMG: W.Milera, A.Keath, R.O’Brien

IN: Nil

OUT: Nil

TIGERS

B: B.Ellis, A.Rance, D.Grimes

HB: B.Houli, D.Astbury, N.Vlastuin

C: K.McIntosh, T.Cotchin, J.Townsend

HF: K.Lambert, D.Martin, J.Caddy

F: D.Butler, J.Riewoldt, D.Rioli

FOLL: T.Nankervis, D.Prestia, S.Grigg

I/C: S.Edwards, J.Graham, N.Broad, J.Castagna

EMG: S.Hampson, C.Ellis, J.Short

IN: Nil

OUT: Nil

 

 

AFL News:

Richmond might be the AFL grand final underdogs but the Tigers don’t fear Adelaide.

Damien Hardwick’s men stormed into their first premiership decider since 1982 with a 36-point preliminary final win over Greater Western Sydney.

With a raucous crowd of 94,258, mostly Richmond fans, roaring them home the Tigers set up the 15.13 (103) to 9.13 (67) win with a pulsating six-goals-to-one third quarter.

The Crows, who finished minor premiers, inflicted Richmond’s heaviest defeat of the season at Adelaide Oval – a 76-point mauling in round six.

Don Pyke’s men advanced to the grand final with a 61-point drubbing of Geelong to go in as favourites but the Tigers aren’t daunted by recent history.

“I’ve been waiting since round six to get this opportunity to come back and play them again,” Hardwick said.

“It’s funny … you generally learn more from your losses and we learnt a significant amount about how we played and how well they played.

“There’s no doubt we go in as underdogs – that’s the harsh reality of it.

“They’re a fantastic side, they’ve put everyone to the sword, but we give ourselves a chance. If we play our best we’re capable of beating anyone.”

Richmond emerged from the win over the Giants unscathed on the injury front, but face a nervous wait for Monday’s AFL match review panel sitting.

Skipper Trent Cotchin will come under scrutiny for a first-quarter clash with Dylan Shiel that saw the Giant leave the game.

Hardwick would not be drawn on the incident.

He was, however, more forthcoming on Cotchin’s pivotal 26-possession, nine-tackle game.

“I thought he was best on ground again … I thought he was outstanding,” Hardwick said.

“There were just a couple of contests where he shouldn’t have been anywhere near it and he either halved it or won it.

“I see a lot of things that others don’t but he’s an incredible player. He’s taken his game to a new level, which is hard to say when he’s a Brownlow medallist.

“I’m just so glad to have him with the way he leads our club. I get a bit emotional speaking about him really because of the way he plays.

“He’s been incredible this year.”

 

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