Port Adelaide get the chance to open up a four-point gap at the top of the ladder when they host Sydney Swans at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. With second placed Brisbane Lions on a bye, Power can move one win clear in the minor premiership race ahead of sitting out the midweek themselves.
Port Adelaide Form & Team News
Power bounced back from their below-par effort against Geelong Cats by defeating Hawthorn 68-58 last weekend, although it wasn't the authoratative display that would have been expected.
They remain top of the ladder on percentage and can open up a gap to the Brisbane Lions in what coach Ken Hinkley will see as an extremely winnable game against the Swans.
With fixtures against North Melbourne, Essendon Bombers and Collingwood to come, the minor premiership is Port's to be lost. Will they avoid a banana skin on the run to the finals?
Hinkley shakes things up with five changes as Steven Motlop, Sam Mayes, Jarrod Lienert, Boyd Woodcock and Mitch Georgiades drop out and Ryan Burton, Connor Rozee, Xavier Duursma, Todd Marshall and Cameron Sutcliffe come in. Scott Lycett has been passed fit to play.
The Port Adelaide team is below:
B: R.Burton, T.Clurey, T.McKenzie
HB: H.Hartlett, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones
C: X.Duursma, O.Wines, K.Amon
HF: S.Powell-Pepper, T.Marshall, Z.Butters
F: C.Rozee, D.Cixon, R.Gray
FOLL: S.Lycett, T.Rockliff, T.Boak
I/C: R.Bonner, B.Ebert, C.Sutcliffe, J.Westhoff
Sydney Form & Team News
Two weeks ago, the 16th-placed Swans pulled off an upset when winning the Sydney derby against GWS Giants as they won by 66-25 in Perth for just a fourth win of the season.
But they were brought back down to earth last weekend when on the wrong side of a 50-19 scoreline against the Fremantle Dockers.
The Swans now move on to Adelaide and the run home for the season, which will see Sydney fall short of the finals once again.
The Swans make three changes with Colin O'Riordan, Dylan Stephens and Zac Foot left out and Justin McInerney, Ryan Clarke and Aliir Aliir brought into the side to replace them.
The Sydney team is below:
B: H.Cunningham, L.Melican, R.Fox
HB: J.Lloyd, J.Dawson, C.Mills
C: J.Thurlow, L.Parker, W.Hayward
HF: O.Florent, T.McCartin, J.McInerney
F: J.Bell, S.Reid, T.Papley
FOLL: C.Sinclair, J.Kennedy, J.Rowbottom
I/C: R.Clarke, S.Wicks, N.Blakey, A.Aliir
Port Adelaide vs Sydney Head to Head
Port Adelaide have won the last three against the Swans, including a 47-point win in Round 21 last year. Sydney had won five in a row prior to that, but haven't won in Adelaide since 2015.
Port Adelaide vs Sydney Odds
Port Adelaide are $1.15 favourites to continue their run to the minor premiership, with the Swans priced as $6.25 underdogs. The line has been set at +30.5 for Sydney in this game.
Port Adelaide vs Sydney Stats
- Port Adelaide have won the last 3 matches against Sydney Swans.
- Port Adelaide have won their last 3 home matches by 1-39 points.
- Sydney Swans have lost 7 of their last 9 matches.
- Sydney's 19 points in the last game was their lowest total since 1971.