ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: David Mackay of the Adelaide Crows kicks under pressure from Justin Westhoff of Port Adelaide during the round 16 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Adelaide Oval on July 06, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Adelaide (8th) 10-9 – 108.7%

Run home: West Coast @ Optus Stadium, Collingwood @ Adelaide Oval, Western Bulldogs @ MARS Stadium

Best case scenario:

Adelaide find their mojo, with Darcy Fogarty and Taylor Walker working in tandem to overcome the West Coast Eagles’ backline and a rejuvenated Eddie Betts delivers in front of a packed Adelaide Oval crowd against Collingwood. The Crows finish the season with a strong victory over the Western Bulldogs with a squad full of youngsters, boosting the competition for spots come finals time.

The Adelaide board publicly voice their confidence in Don Pyke’s coaching and Taylor Walker’s ability to led the club. Reilly O’Brien locks up the number one ruck spot allowing the Crows to chase a speedy playmaker to boost their midfield and build towards a premiership tilt in 2020.

Worst case scenario:

The Crows can’t overcome the odds and beat West Coast or Collingwood, where Brodie Grundy outclasses O’Brien and Port Adelaide surge into the eight. Don Pyke makes wholesale changes to the lineup ahead of the final round, but Adelaide are soundly beaten by the Bulldogs, sealing their fate in 9th spot.

Following the disastrous finish, Pyke resigns, deeming his position as head coach is untenable, while Taylor Walker is stood down as co-captain. Eddie Betts asks to be traded to Carlton to see out his final contract and the question marks over the culture at Adelaide results in a lack of interest from recruits, with potential target, Brodie Grundy, committing his future to Collingwood.

Final word:

Coming off their win vs St Kilda, Adelaide have a chance to cement their spot in the finals, if they can secure at least one win against West Coast or Collingwood and take care of the Bulldogs. But their recent form is far from convincing and Port Adelaide are snapping at their heels.

Port Adelaide (9th) 9-10 – 106.1%

Run home: Sydney @ Adelaide Oval, North Melbourne @ Marvel Stadium, Fremantle @ Adelaide Oval

Best case scenario:

After their 59-point drubbing of Essendon at Marvel Stadium, the Power secure consecutive wins for the first time since round six with a victory over Sydney. After being given extended time to regain form, Charlie Dixon becomes a force in the Port Adelaide forward line alongside Todd Marshall and Peter Ladhams and the Power finish the season with wins over North Melbourne and Fremantle. With the Western Bulldogs and the Dockers kept at bay and the Crows faltering in the West and against the Magpies, the Power finishes eighth with 12 wins.

Ken Hinkley is praised for his bold decisions at the selection table and is allowed to see out his contract through next year. The Power take their strong run of form into finals looking emulate the underdog success of the Bulldogs in 2016.

Worst case scenario:

Port Adelaide continue their “untrustworthy” performances with a crushing defeat at the hands of the Swans, while their cross-town rivals secure at least one win against West Coast or Collingwood and defeat the Bulldogs in round 23. The Power continues their slide with a loss against North Melbourne before meeting Fremantle in a round 23 dead rubber.

Following their failure to return to September, wide-scale changes are called for, with the club open to trading away senior players as the Power look to continue to rebuild their list through the draft.

Final word:

In 2019, the Power have shown their best is brilliant and exciting, but their worst is deplorable. Their strong victories over West Coast, Geelong, Adelaide and Essendon this season will be all for naught if they cannot deliver against the current 15th, 13th and 11th placed sides.