Venue: Etihad Stadium at 3:35pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R3, 2017, St Kilda 14.23 (107) d Brisbane 11.10 (76) at Etihad Stadium
R23, 2016, St Kilda 25.11 (161) d Brisbane 15.13 (103) at Etihad Stadium
R9, 2015, St Kilda 16.12 (108) d Brisbane 13.8 (86) at the Gabba
R6, 2014, Brisbane 12.10 (82) d St Kilda 11.13 (79) at Westpac Stadium
R19, 2013, Brisbane 16.12 (108) d St Kilda 11.11 (77) at the Gabba
Game notes: The expectation is on St Kilda to make finals for the first time since 2011. The Saints have faith they are on the right track, as shown by extending Alan Richardson’s contract until the end of 2020, but it’s time to deliver results. Very few are left from the previous era after the retirements of Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna, so the opportunity is there for younger players to fill the void. Meanwhile, Brisbane will be desperate to improve on its wooden spoon finish last year. There is young talent sprinkled across the list, and with Chris Fagan at the helm it seems the Lions are headed in the right direction. How the midfield copes after losing Tom Rockliff to Port Adelaide will be interesting, but the addition of Cam Rayner and natural improvement from the likes of Hugh McCluggage and Alex Witherden will be exciting to watch.
Thommo’s Tip: St Kilda by 48 points
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