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Aussie Rules: Crows aim to keep flying high

Ladder-leaders St Kilda face a big test on Sunday as they go up against fellow premiership hopefuls Carlton, while Adelaide will look to make it four wins on the bounce.

It is tighter than ever at the top of the AFL pile with five teams currently locked on 16 points, while Carlton in sixth spot are on 14 points, Adelaide are a further two behind on 12. 

There is a lot at stake despite it still being early days and we should be in for three exciting games on Sunday. 

Hawthorn and Adelaide get the action underway in the early game that will take place over the Bass Strait in Launceston, Tasmania. 

Then it is the turn of Carlton and St Kilda, who will go head-to-head in arguably the game of the day at Marvel Stadium. 

Gold Coast and North Melbourne then wrap up the day’s play in a game that will have big repercussions towards the bottom of the ladder. 

There is still AFL action to come on Monday and Tuesday, but for now all eyes will be on Sunday with three cracking games to come. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

Crows target win number four

WhatHawthorn v Adelaide
WhereUniversity of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston
When13:10 (AEST) Sunday 23rd April, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsHawthorn 3.85, Adelaide 1.27

After losing the opening two games of the season it looked like being a campaign of struggle for Adelaide but they have since bounced back with three straight wins. 

Following wins over Fremantle, Port Adelaide and Carlton, the Crows are now being talked about as being genuine top-eight contenders. 

The win over Carlton really got people taking notice, but there can be no room for complacency against a side they are now expected to beat. 

Adelaide have played the last four games in their home state and now face a big test to their finals credentials when they hit the road. 

Launceston is not a happy hunting ground for them either. Indeed they have won only once in the last six trips there and coach Matthew Nicks says they are in for a ‘tough, tough’ game. 

Hawthorn sit bottom of the ladder with just one win this season, but they only lost by two points against Greater Western Sydney last week. 

The Hawks have been starting games well, only to fade badly. However they showed signs of rectifying that against GWS and will be out to make further improvements against the Crows.

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WhatCarlton v St Kilda
WhereMarvel Stadium, Melbourne
When15:20 (AEST) Sunday 23rd April, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsCarlton 2.05, St Kilda 1.78

Carlton versus St Kilda is one of the most highly anticipated games of the round and it is hard to predict how it will go. 

St Kilda have made a great start to the new season, but slipped up against Collingwood in their first big test last weekend. 

They face another one here against a side that also have aspirations of winning the flag and they will be determined to bounce back from the defeat to the Pies. 

Young forward Anthony Caminiti will be missing from the action though after he landed a three-match suspension for a late hit in the defeat to Collingwood. 

The experienced Tim Membrey will come in to replace him, while coach Ross Lyon also hopes to welcome back Jack Steele. 

Carlton will have been licking their wounds all week after being drubbed by Adelaide and they need a response. 

The Blues have won three games this season but the fixture list has been kind and there are much tougher games to come, St Kilda being one of them.

The Suns yet to shine

WhatGold Coast v North Melbourne
WhereHeritage Bank Stadium, Gold Coast
When16:40 (AEST) Sunday 23rd April, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsGold Coast 1.22, North Melbourne 4.35

The Suns will see a home clash against the Kangaroos as a must-win game. They have picked up just the one victory so far and will be disappointed with the way they threw away a winning position against Fremantle last week. 

Gold Coast were tipped to be in with a chance of making finals this season and coach Stuart Dew says he is still confident they can turn their season around, starting Sunday. 

North Melbourne started the season well with back-to-back wins, but have since lost three games on the bounce. 

They will also need to respond and have shown they can win on the road when beating Fremantle in Perth in round two.

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