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Match Preview: Round 22 v Crows

Grundy and Jacobs will do battle out of the centre circle on Saturday - Collingwood Magpies,Adelaide Crows
Grundy and Jacobs will do battle out of the centre circle on Saturday

Where and when: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, August 17, 4.05pm ACST

TV and radio: Click here for broadcast guide

What it means for Adelaide: A do-or-die clash as they attempt to stay in contention for finals. The Crows will be eager to play a similar brand of football that saw them put in a valiant fight but fall agonisingly short against West Coast in round 21. A loss would almost certainly see them miss the finals for a second consecutive season.

What it means for Collingwood: A win is needed for the Magpies to have any chance of a top 4 finish but are relying on West Coast to beat the Tigers for this to be possible. Collingwood will want to continue their momentum as they launch an assault on another positive finals campaign.

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The stat: The last time the sides met in round 4, 2018 a 48-point win on the Crows home deck kickstarted the Magpies season. Albeit, in their last five encounters Adelaide have had the upper hand by winning three and drawing one.

The match-up: Rory Sloane v Steele Sidebottom

Assuming the Adelaide co-captain is cleared fit to play, this match-up won’t disappoint. Sidebottom got the better of the two last time they met, where the Magpies vice-captain held Sloane to 15 disposals whilst collecting 43 himself. The pair are classy operators and can win games off their own boot.

It's a big week for: Sam Jacobs

After playing his first game since round two last week, ‘Sauce’ will have his work cut out against Brodie Grundy in his 200th game.

Big call: Reliable Collingwood forward Brody Mihocek to boot five goals for the first time in his career.

Prediction: Collingwood by 19 points

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs