ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02: Matt Crouch of the Adelaide Crows handballs during the match between Adelaide and Port Adelaide at Memorial Oval Port Pire on March 02, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

SEN Breakfast co-host Tim Watson believes Adelaide are a “lock” for a top four position in 2019, despite missing out on a finals berth last season.

The Crows struggled after making the 2017 grand final and finished in 12th last year, but Watson is bullish on Adelaide’s chances this time around.

“The Adelaide Crows, if they don’t have some unbelievable bad luck, they are a lock for the top four,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.

“They are back to their absolute best.

“They’re every bit as good as any of (Collingwood, Melbourne, West Coast, Richmond and GWS).

“Richmond’s going to be there when the whips are cracking, Melbourne’s going to be there, Collingwood’s going to be there, West Coast’s going to be there, GWS too – there’s six teams.

“That’s why last week I said Essendon would finish seventh. There’s six teams better than them.”

The Crows kicked off their JLT campaign with a 17-point win over Port Adelaide on Saturday afternoon, as veteran Eddie Betts led the way with four goals, while the Crouch brothers amassed 61 disposals between them.

Adelaide will travel to New South Wales to face GWS next Friday night to round out the pre-season, before hosting Hawthorn in Round 1.