After being heavily raided in the off-season two years in a row, you might expect the Lions to be a shambles with very few good players left. Yet somehow they look to have accumulated one of the strongest midfields in the country.
The fixturing head honchos at AFL HQ deserve themselves a neat little bonus this weekend, as we’ve got all of the current top four sides facing off with one another on the same weekend.
Well, the fact they’ve shoved those games into the Saturday 2:10pm and Sunday 1:10pm timeslots probably sees that bonus thinned, but it’s still shaping up to be one hell of a round.
When the Lions and Cats clash at The Gabba and the Tigers and Eagles clash at the MCG, who’ll be walking away victorious?
We were joined on the Game of Codes podcast by Roar AFL expert and editor Stirling Coates to preview both matches and make a call on who takes the points.
Listen to the discussion:
Brisbane, winners of eight straight, will start warm favourites against the spluttering Cats, who have alternated wins and losses since the bye. The Lions haven’t knocked off Geelong since the famous Ashley McGrath game in 2013, however.
Richmond will be rocked by the loss of Trent Cotchin for their potential grand final preview with West Coast. How much of a difference will it make at the ‘G?