2021 AFL preview: Adelaide Crows team guide

Can the Crows hand-ball the wooden spoon to a rival or will they finish bottom of the ladder again?

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The Crows won 3 out of their last 4 games of the 2020 season. But that was the only highlight of a dreadful year in their first season under coach Matthew Nicks. The club finished the season on a high note but still picked up their first-ever wooden spoon.

This year they appear to have drafted well by bringing in young guns Riley Thilthorpe and Luke Pedlar. Yet with such a young group, a tough road still lies ahead. In 2020 the Crows were winless until round 15 when they beat Hawthorn.

Adelaide should be strong in the midfield, with Matt Crouch and Rory Laird terrific ball winners. They have also lost some depth, as Brad Crouch joined St Kilda and Wayne Milera will miss six to nine months with a leg injury.

Veteran Tex Walker kicked just 15 goals in 14 matches last season. He needs to lift his output dramatically as he comes off contract at the end of this season.

How to watch Adelaide Crows AFL matches

Some Adelaide Crows AFL games air live and free on the Seven Network. Channel 7 has the broadcast rights to four matches per week, which vary from state to state. If you're a casual fan, you might be able to get by with free-to-air coverage alone.

Otherwise, you'll want to look into getting a paid subscription to Kayo Sports, Foxtel or Foxtel Now. All services offer coverage of all AFL fixtures with the exception of the grand final both live and on demand.

Out of the three, Kayo Sports is the most affordable option, with subscriptions starting at $25 a month. This gives you access to more than 50 sports and a 14-day free trial if you're a new user.

You also get access to features like SplitView and Interactive Stats, which make sports streaming a breeze. Check out our Kayo vs Foxtel guide for more information on the two providers. That way, you'll be able to make a more informed choice.

Still undecided? We have a comprehensive guide on how to stream the 2021 AFL season, which offers a full breakdown of providers.

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Watch Adelaide Crows matches overseas

Crows fans don't have to miss games when travelling outside Australia. Whether you're going on vacation or scheduling a business trip, Watch AFL lets you stream matches via the Internet from outside the country. We have a full guide on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.

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Travelling abroad? Watch the entire AFL season live from Watch AFL

If you're out of the country, streaming Aussie rules football can be a bit of a pain. For those travelling the globe, there's Watch AFL.

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When do Adelaide Crows play next?

Their first fixture in the 2021 AFL season will be against Geelong on 20 March. Here's the upcoming schedule for the Adelaide Crows. You can see the complete AFL draw here.

Adelaide Crows squad

Adelaide Crows history

The Crows were formed in 1990 and played their first season in 1991. The club has both a men's team and a women's team, which began in 2017 in the inaugural season of the AFLW.

Adelaide have won two AFL premierships, in 1997 and 1998. Overall, they have appeared in 15 finals series since joining the AFL. The Crows play their home games at Adelaide Oval.

In 2020 the Crows collected the club's inaugural wooden spoon with a 3-14 win-loss record.

Image source: Adelaide Crows team website

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