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Key AFL match-ups in Swans-Crows final

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016

FIVE KEY MATCH-UPS IN THE SYDNEY-ADELAIDE SEMI-FINAL

* Lance Franklin (Sydney) versus Daniel Talia (Adelaide): Long-odds that Franklin will be kept goal-less in consecutive finals. But if anyone can restrict him, it's Adelaide's Talia who wears opponents like a glove and is rarely beaten in the air, though the Crow will struggle to match Franklin's speed and agility.

* Nick Smith (Sydney) versus Eddie Betts (Adelaide): If Betts fires, Adelaide invariably win. And the goalsneak is in ripping form, coming off a match-winning six goal haul in the elimination final. But Smith is a master at minding the best small forwards in the league and won't be daunted by the task.

* Sam Naismith (Sydney) versus Sam Jacobs (Adelaide): With Kurt Tippett sidelined by injury, Naismith assumes lead ruck against an imposing opponent in Jacobs. The Crow is the reason why his side are rated No.1 for centre clearances with deft tap-work and he also averages 15 disposals a game.

* Dan Hannebery (Sydney) versus Rory Sloane (Adelaide): The prime midfield movers of their respective sides will cross paths frequently but may not chase each other around the park all match - though it would be a treat for fans if they did. Both are tireless runners, ferocious tacklers and brilliant ball users.

* Heath Grundy (Sydney) versus Taylor Walker (Adelaide): Walker is down on goal-scoring but up on influence, roaming far and wide and being the conduit to many Adelaide attacking sorties. Grundy will be hard-pressed to match Walker's workrate but rarely lets the Swans down in big games.

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