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Live AFL Finals, Port Adelaide vs Richmond: Have footy gods gifted Tigers an edge against Power?

Preliminary finals don’t get much bigger than this, with minor premiers Port Adelaide hosting reigning premiers Richmond in a rematch of the game of the year to decide one spot in the Grand Final.
Preliminary finals don’t get much bigger than this, with minor premiers Port Adelaide hosting reigning premiers Richmond in a rematch of the game of the year to decide one spot in the Grand Final.

The Power (finished first, won qualifying final v Geelong) have won six consecutive matches leading into their first home prelim since 2007. Earlier this year they beat Richmond by 20 points at this venue.

The Tigers (finished third, lost qualifying final v Brisbane then won semi final v St Kilda) are in their fourth consecutive preliminary final, and trying to win their third premiership in four seasons.

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Preliminary Final

The winner tonight will face the winner of Brisbane Lions v Geelong Cats in the 2020 AFL Grand Final. The loser will be eliminated.

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Both the Power and the Tigers named unchanged sides at selection, with Damien Hardwick opting not to bring in ruck/forward Mabior Chol.

There were no late changes for either side.

In what could be a crucial factor, rain started to fall in Adelaide after 3PM, with the Bureau of Meteorology radar showing more on the way across the evening.

The Tigers are the best wet weather team in footy, losing just one game in the rain across the 2017-19 seasons and recording on average 7 per cent more inside 50s.

However the Power aren’t exactly slouches in the wet either, being the second-best team in those conditions across that same period, and a very strong contested ball side.

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All AFL matches this season are being played with shortened quarters of 16 minutes (plus time on), down from 20 minutes (plus time on).

This game gets underway at 7:50pm EST from Adelaide Oval.

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