WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Sunday, June 3, 1.10pm (AEST)
North Melbourne is making believers of everyone. The Roos added to their comeback story in the west last week, taking down Fremantle by 28 points to move into fifth place on the ladder. They have a tough, suddenly deep midfield, the AFL’s leading goalkicker in Ben Brown, and have conceded the fewest points of any team. Next up is a Lions side that has proven competitive most weeks, but has only one win from 10 to show for it. Making life even more difficult for Brisbane is that it has lost six of its past seven matches at Etihad Stadium. Star midfielders Dayne Zorko and Dayne Beams will have to fire again, while the battle between Harris Andrews – fresh from breaking the League’s single-game spoils record – and Brown will be a fascinating one. Tom Cutler has brilliantly fed the Lions inside 50 this year, and needs to maintain that form against a stingy North backline.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R23, 2017: North Melbourne 19.16 (130) d Brisbane Lions 11.13 (79) at the Gabba
R2, 2016: North Melbourne 17.15 (117) d Brisbane Lions 11.17 (83) at the Gabba
R17, 2015: North Melbourne 16.14 (110) d Brisbane Lions 5.8 (38) at the Gabba
R2, 2015: North Melbourne 20.13 (133) d Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) at Etihad Stadium
R15, 2014: Brisbane Lions 10.10 (70) d North Melbourne 9.12 (66) at the Gabba
Father Dougal’s Tip: Hard not to pick North against any team now, definately have to take them v the Lions. Roos by 20
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