The Adelaide Crows might be favorites but going on the form displayed last weekend, the team posing the most legitimate threat to the Hawk’s flag ambitions is the Fremantle Dockers. They blew the Cats (everyone’s dark-horse) off the park last week and if they take the same form and mindset into the Crows clash, they’ll be very hard to stop. The Crows for their part were pretty sloppy against the Swans nailing 1 from 8 with their set shots but playing at home for the second week in a row will be a big advantage. The Crows will be better this week, no doubt about it but if the Dockers race out of the blocks as the did against the Cats, they’ll need to stick with them if they are any hope running over the top of them in the fourth. As Dockers game for the rest of the season, Mathew Pavlich is key player – for both teams. Should the Crows shut him down, they shut Fremantle down but this will be a tough ask without the injured Daniel Talia . The battle between Patrick Dangerfield and Nat Fyfe also looms as one of the most anticipated clashes. Dangerfield was one of the Crows best last week and Fyfe is fast reclaiming his best form after a year marred by injuries. Everyone loves an underdog… Dockers by 13
West Coast vs Collingwood is shaping to be a cracker. It’s hard to fault the Pies first half effort before being swallowed by the the Hawks and can probably take more out of that loss than the Eagles can take out of there flogging of the Kangaroos. Jack Darling instigated the onslaught last week with three first quarter goals so the Pies will need to shut him down early. His form over the last couple of weeks has been very good so I wouldn’t say Travis Cloke is playing for his future anymore but another big game will only sweeten his next deal… West Coast by 6.