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Freo confident of upsetting Crows
Freo confident of upsetting Crows

Paul Duffield says Fremantle have taken renewed confidence from their biggest scalp of the year and are capable of upsetting premiership aspirants Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.

The Dockers will attempt to spring their second successive boilover in the wake of their derby coup, but must first sweat on several verdicts today from the AFL match review panel.

Luke McPharlin and Matt de Boer will both be assessed after being reported during the drubbing of West Coast.

In-form skipper Matthew Pavlich could also come under scrutiny over an incident that ended with Mitch Brown being felled.

De Boer appears at most risk of suspension after being reported over an attempted trip on Daniel Kerr early in the second quarter.

The Fremantle midfielder stuck out a foot in a clumsy attempt to stop a dodging Kerr and ended up kicking the West Coast star.

McPharlin was reported for rough conduct over a front-on bump on Jack Darling in the first term.

He has 12 carryover points but could be saved because he collected the young Eagle largely to a shoulder rather than the head.

Pavlich clipped Brown with a swinging arm during the third quarter as the two players tangled close to goal.

The contact appeared minimal, which will boost Pavlich's chances of being cleared.

A suspension for the captain would be a massive blow to Fremantle's hopes of topping the Crows at a venue where the visitors have won their past three matches.

The 30-year-old has booted 44 goals in his past nine games to be in rare form, even by his lofty standards.

West Coast were the first top-eight side Fremantle had beaten this season.

Duffield said they were capable of taking it up to the second-placed Crows if they could replicate their performance from the derby.

"I think we'll go across with an element of confidence," Duffield said.

"We've won obviously five in a row now, but West Coast is the first top-four side that we've been able to beat. Adelaide are obviously right in that mix as well.

"We know we've got to bring four quarters of really great effort and that'll have us right in the hunt for the game and we'll just see how it pans out come the end."

Duffield backed the club's ability to cover if they did lose McPharlin to suspension.

"The beauty is we've got a little bit of depth evolving now with some of the guys coming through the WAFL," Duffield said.

Two wins in their final four matches could be enough to guarantee ninth-placed Fremantle a spot in finals.

They have winnable games against Richmond (home), North Melbourne (away) and Melbourne (home) to come after the Adelaide clash.

Fellow contenders West Coast, Geelong, North Melbourne and Essendon have tougher draws.

"We know that our football destiny's in our hands a little bit," Duffield said.

"We've got games to play and if we can win enough games, then that (finals) is the possibility."

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