Port Adelaide v North Melbourne – Five Reasons to Watch.

Friday night sees Port clash with North Melbourne. Bozza has five reasons you should be tuning in to the telecast.

It has been a season of contrasting emotions for both Port Adelaide and North Melbourne. Port has had a fast start after a disappointing 2018, while for the Kangaroos who sit at the bottom of the ladder, an exciting offseason has not translated into positive results.

Last Five Meetings

2018Rd 6PA15. 12 (102)NM10. 9 (69)ES17,617
2017Rd 17PA19. 13 (127)NM8. 9 (57)AO34,138
2016Rd 17PA16. 9 (105)NM10. 17 (77)ES24,361
2015Rd 3PA17. 11 (113)NM16. 9 (105)ES22,586
2014Rd 3NM14. 13 (97)PA13. 12 (90)ES19,111

Port has won the last four matches between the two teams, after having won just one of the six previous encounters. The Kangaroos haven’t tasted much recent success against the Power in Adelaide, in fact, their last win away from home came way back in 2011.

Five reasons to watch

Trade Watch.

Jared Polec was a high profile acquisition for North Melbourne from Port Adelaide in the off-season. While is new team has not had the start to the season they would have liked, it’s been through no fault of their high-priced recruit.

His return to face his old team will be a talking point but so will the performance of Zac Butters, the man Port was able to draft as a result of the trade. While this looms as the perfect example of a win-win trade, the first opportunity to see the two players on the same field will add a degree of interest to this clash.

Port play exciting footy

The Power played a frenetic brand in 2019, which has provided a high risk/high reward aspect to their matches which is evident in them sitting fourth for points scored and eighth for points against. With North Melbourne struggling at both ends of the ground, 17th in both points for and against, it could prove the perfect opportunity for Port to show their best footy.

Ben Brown.

The Sideshow Bob lookalike went within a hairs breath of the Coleman last year but has struggled to rediscover that form this year. Averaging 3.25 goals a game against them, he would have fond memories of playing Port Adelaide though, only against Gold Coast does he have a better record. Expect the 26-year-old to be lively in this one.

Robbie Gray.

The Power number nine is one of the more electric players in the competition and usually finds a lot of the ball against the Kangaroos. He is up on most of his career averages this year, but has been a little wayward in front of goal. He looms as likely game breaker on Friday night.

Win or go home.

While it might seem a little exaggerative to suggest that North Melbourne’s season is on the line in Round Six, a loss will leave them 1-5 and it is hard to see them having an impact from there. Which means Brad Scott will no doubt have his team attacking this contest like an elimination final. If he has his way, you can expect the Kangaroos to come out hard at the ball and man early in the contest.

The Verdict

Despite an expectation that North will come out breathing fire this week, and even taking into account their victory over Adelaide a fortnight ago, it is hard to make a case for them winning this match. Port Adelaide’s form is too good and unless they come out less than their best after last week’s win over the Premiers, they will be too good in this one.

Port Adelaide will win by 32 points.

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