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Aussie Rules: Gold Coast Suns v Adelaide preview

Just the one game to be played on Sunday to wrap up round 14 of the 2022 AFL campaign as the Gold Coast Suns entertain Adelaide at Metricon Stadium.

Gold Coast have a 6-6 win-loss ratio for the season and are within touching distance of the top eight, which makes the clash against the Crows even more important. They are in good touch and hopes will be high heading into the game.

Adelaide are four places and eight points below the Suns having won just four games this season but they can take heart from the victory over West Coast last week and are out to secure rare back-to-back wins.

What: Gold Coast Suns v Adelaide
Where: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
When: 15:20 (AEST) Sunday 19th June, 2022
Odds: Suns 21/100, Crows 7/2

The Gold Coast head into the clash against Adelaide brimming with confidence after winning four out of the last five games before heading into the bye.

Included in that run is the scalps of high-flying Fremantle and also the Sydney Swans and the Suns have raised their game to another level following a slow start to the season.

Indeed they won just two of the opening seven games and the pressure was really starting to mount on coach Stuart Dew.

But he and the players have managed to turn it around with an impressive run of form. The one blip came in a 19-point loss against the Western Bulldogs but they have since responded in fine fashion.

Heavy wins over Hawthorn and North Melbourne have got them back on track. Dew’s men beat the Hawks 121-54 and then backed it up with 109-47 win over the Kangaroos.

Another win over the Crows and there will be a strong belief that the top eight and finals footy will be achievable this season.
The Gold Coast find themselves in their best position for eight years and the with a favourable looking draw on the horizon they now have a chance to build on it.

They have matches against the five bottom teams coming up so there has never been a better chance to push for the eight.

Captain Jarrod Witts put the improvement down to “consistency across the board” but says there is still plenty of room for improvement and they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas.

Suns team news.
The Suns have been hit by the news that young gun Mal Rosas jnr will have to sit out of the clash through illness.

The 20-year-old has been in great form this season when booting nine goals. That includes a hat-trick against Hawthorn in round 11 so he will be missed.

Lachie Weller is also ruled out with a knee injury but the Gold Coast can welcome back Levi Casboult. Sam Flanders and Sean Lemmens are also in.

The rebuild at the Adelaide continues as their chances of making the top eight have pretty much slipped away. They sit in 15th place on the ladder with just 16 points to show for their efforts this season.

Matthew Nicks’ side are 16 points away from the top eight and that will be too much for them to make up even if they got their act together between now and the end of the season.

The Crows can take heart from the win over the West Coast Eagles. Yes the Eagles are bottom of the ladder but Adelaide were just relieved to snap a losing streak that had spanned five games.

Nicks has revealed the Crows plan to attack the second half of the season and hopes they can get some rewards for all the hard work they are putting in during training.

He says they know what areas need improvement and they are working hard on them.

One such area is their execution in front of goal and being able to take their chances when they come along. They will need to execute well on Sunday if they are to have any chance of beating the Suns.

Crows team news.
The stars of the future are key for Adelaide and Nicks is delighted to welcome back two of them against the Gold Coast.
Jordon Butts returns following a tough month which has seen him suffer from concussion and also sickness.

Josh Rachele is back available after missing the last two games with a corked thigh.

Lachlan Murphy has been dropped from the side after booting 1.9 in nine games for the Crows this season. Form that highlights their issues in front of goal.

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