Port Adelaide’s 2013 revival continued in stunning circumstances last weekend, overcoming a 31 point deficit in the third quarter to run all over the Crows and continue their unbeaten start to the year.
Adelaide was the first quality opponent that Port knocked off and while the Suns are still not seen to be a major contender in the AFL, this is certainly a danger game for the Power. The Suns have beaten the Saints, pushed the Swans and were unlucky not to win against the Lions last weekend. There will be a bit of extra spice in this clash, with Port coach Ken Hinkley and now Gold Coast assistant Matthew Primus essentially swapping jobs in the offseason.
A clear difference in Port’s style of game this year has been their improvement in spread from stoppages, with the likes of Boak, Hartlett, Ebert and Wingard providing plenty of run and carry. This has been a huge factor in Port ranking 3rd overall in goals this season, scoring 18 more than the Suns over the first three rounds.
A focus for Gold Coast has been their contested possession, where they sit 4th overall in the AFL. They average 158 a game compared to Port’s 142, although to date this has not cost Port any games. Will this be the week that it does?
Tip: Port by 22 points
Port to win by 1-39 points paying $2.25 – Sportsbet
Port to score more points overall than Brisbane paying $1.45 – Sportingbet
Port to be winning at the end of the 1st quarter paying $1.65 – Centrebet