WHERE AND WHEN: GABBA at 4:35pm AEST
The Lions broke one nine-year losing streak last week, and will be out to do so again when they host Sydney on Saturday. With Eric Hipwood kicking four goals, Hugh McCluggage playing his best game for the club and the two Daynes – Beams and Zorko – back to their best, Brisbane hammered Hawthorn by 56 points to defeat the Hawks for the first time since 2009 last Sunday. It’s been equally as long since they’ve tasted success against the Swans and this time around won’t be any easier, with John Longmire’s men fresh from successive wins over Hawthorn and Fremantle. Lance Franklin is back – another tantalising reunion for Luke Hodge – Jake Lloyd is fresh off a career-best 41 disposals, and Isaac Heeney continues to thrive with his increased midfield minutes. Brisbane has been highly competitive in all but one match this season, and will have to be at its best to challenge the professional Swans.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R7, 2017: Sydney Swans 20.15 (135) d Brisbane Lions 12.9 (81) at the SCG
R6, 2016: Sydney Swans 15.7 (97) d Brisbane Lions 14.10 (94) at the Gabba
R15, 2015: Sydney Swans 10.10 (70) d Brisbane Lions 7.7 (49) at the Gabba
R7, 2014: Sydney Swans 18.15 (123) d Brisbane Lions 6.8 (44) at the Gabba
R6, 2013: Sydney Swans 17.13 (115) d Brisbane Lions 8.7 (55) at the SCG
Thommo’s Tip: Sydney by 10 points
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