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Where: GABBA, Brisbane
When: Saturday July 12, 10.40am (BST)
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West Coast’s loss to Sydney last week means the Eagles must walk away from Saturday’s game with four points.
Adam Simpson has included Dominic Sheed and Ashley Smith in his side to take off strong WAFL performances – perhaps signalling the Eagles are looking towards next year already.
Brisbane’s personnel issues continue to hurt them, with Tom Rockliff (suspension), Daniel Rich (knee) and Jack Redden (ankle) out of action.
Although this match doesn’t excite on paper, it should be a good game to watch.
Brisbane have been strong for the most part at home, and both sides have produced some upset wins when playing their best football.
It should be a close match, and is almost impossible to predict.
West Coast’s energy-sapping loss to Sydney, combined with with the fact that the Lions have an extra day’s rest, mean Justin Leppitsch’s side could be on track for another home win.
1. It was the big men who helped the Eagles defeat the Lions the last time the sides met, with Josh Kennedy kicking four goals and Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui combining for 58 hit-outs.
2. No team has taken fewer marks inside 50 this season than the Lions (107). The Eagles (150) are significantly better, and ranked 11th.
3. The clubs have clashed 42 times previously, with the Eagles holding a clear 29-12 winning advantage, with one draw. They also have a 9-8 record at the Gabba.
4. The Lions continue to struggle to score, ranked 17th for total points scored at 64 a game, and are yet to break the ton in 15 matches.
5. The Eagles continue to be strong in the ruck, ranked equal second for hit-outs, averaging 47.1, compared to the Lions, who rank 12th with 38.5 a game.
6. While Luke Shuey has generally had a difficult season, he loves playing the Lions. The Eagles’ midfielder is ranked 65th overall according to the AFL Official Player Ratings, but averages a team-high 16.6 a game against the Lions.