Venue: The Gabba, Saturday, April 1, 6.25pm AEST
Last Time They Met: R18, 2016, Brisbane Lions 20.8 (128) d Essendon 12.19 (91) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: These teams spent most of last season battling out the wooden spoon, but have started 2017 with plenty of optimism following upset first round victories. The reborn Bombers – welcoming back six players who served 12-month suspensions – blitzed Hawthorn with a slick, fast-moving brand of footy, while the Lions ushered in the Chris Fagan era with a nailbiting win over Queensland rivals Gold Coast. How both teams bounce back after their emotional victories is difficult to answer, but the Bombers’ established stars such as skipper Dyson Heppell, Jobe Watson, Michael Hurley and Cale Hooker should all benefit from the run. The Lions will make it difficult with their newfound swarming defensive pressure, but the visitors would fancy their chances of making it two-from-two.
Father Dougal’s Tip: Essendon by 5.
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