Crows have class to test us: Lions coach

Murray Wenzel
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan (centre) is not going to take struggling Adelaide lightly this weekend

Record hidings have been followed by near-record lows for Adelaide, but all Brisbane coach Chris Fagan sees is a team full of class with a point to prove on Sunday at the Gabba.

The Crows narrowly avoided their smallest AFL score in a Gold Coast drubbing last weekend, which followed their biggest Showdown loss a week earlier.

Former captain and strike forward Taylor Walker narrowly avoided the axe to face the Lions but All-Australian teammate Matt Crouch wasn't so lucky as coach Matthew Nicks searched for a response from his side.

The winless Crows will start at long odds to open their account this weekend but Fagan won't be caught napping.

"GWS were struggling weren't they? And they came out and beat Collingwood (on Friday)," Fagan countered on Saturday when asked of the Crows' form.

"I look at Adelaide and I see a team full of All-Australian and best and fairest winners.

"Guys like (Brodie) Smith, (Rory) Sloane, Walker, (Brad and Matt) Crouch, (Daniel) Talia, (Rory) Laird.

"All those guys are well-credentialed players, they're obviously struggling a bit with their form but our expectation is that we're going to play a really strong, committed Adelaide team."

Walker has taken just five marks in three games this season but kicked three against Brisbane in their one-point loss to the hosts at the Gabba last season.

Nicks admitted his selection had been up for discussion but backed his "warrior" up front to show more this weekend.

"(Walker) played a fantastic game up here against us last year; we respect him absolutely, fully (and expect) a really hard contest," Fagan said.

The Crows will give an AFL debut to 25-year-old forward Shane McAdam as Nicks signalled a reshuffle in his misfiring midfield, while Lions captain Dayne Zorko (calf) replaces Tom Berry.

Stef Martin (hamstring) will miss another game, leaving Archie Smith and Oscar McInerney to share ruck duties again.

Former No.1 pick Cameron Rayner will play his 50th game for the Lions, the milestone coming in an unbroken streak since his 2018 debut.

Brisbane convincingly lost their season opener to Hawthorn but have warmed to the task in wins against Fremantle and West Coast since the competition's resumption.

"We just need a continuation of last week," Fagan said.

"I thought our pressure on the opposition, our intensity to win the footy, ball movement all took steps forward (against the Eagles).

"We're just looking to grow that again, there's nothing magical about it."