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The Brisbane Lions have defeated the Western Bulldogs by three goals, and finish the round in the top two.
The Lions were always in control, and largely always in front, but they just never ended the contest with a few miskicked shots on goal leaving the away side in the game.
However, big moments from Eric Hipwood and another tireless effort from Lachie Neale saw the home side home.
The biggest concern for the Lions is a hamstring injury to Dayne Zorko, who finished the game in the third term with ice on his leg.
The Bulldogs were valiant, another stellar showing from Marcus Bontempelli, but the Lions at the moment are too good and simply irresistible.
Brisbane Lions 14.14.98
Western Bulldogs 11.14.80
Today comes a Round 20 clash between the top-four-chasing Brisbane Lions, and the top-eight-chasing Western Bulldogs, in Brisbane at the Gabba. Join The Roar from 4:40pm (AEST) for live scores and blog of the game.
The romance of the Brisbane Lions this season is picking up momentum, as the Queensland outfit returns to home confines off the back of a strong last-start win in Tasmania.
The Lions are playing strong, skillful, and attractive football at the moment, but it is their pace across the park that is putting them in good stead.
The Lions play a relatively free-scoring game, and coming into this game on a six-game winning streak, they will like the odds of extending their winning run for at least one more week.
The Bulldogs will go into this contest confident also, having taken a strong and enthusiastic win over Fremantle last round.
The Bulldogs are at their best when they just unleash themselves (no pun intended), and run at their opposition.
When they put the foot down and attacked Fremantle, that was how they took the game away from the Ross Lyon structured game plan.
In a lot of ways, this should be a battle of like-minded game plans: fast and free, and who executes more precisely will most likely get the four competition points.
The Bulldogs are enjoying a pretty healthy winning streak over the Lions at the moment, having won their last five, so the Bulldogs should like their chances on the back of history, but equally, the Lions should be confident based simply on their form.
This presents Chris Fagan with his best chance to break his Bulldogs hoodoo, having never beaten them as a coach.
Lions at home, and with an eye on hosting a fairly big final shortly, this is one of those must-win games that a top-four contender should win, and win easily.
Lions by 20.
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Where: The Gabba, Brisbane
When: Sunday, 4 August 2019
TV: Foxtel, Kayo, AFL livepass
Betting: Lions $1.38, Bulldogs $3.05
B Luke Hodge, Harris Andrews, Marcus Adams
HB Alex Witherden, Darcy Gardiner, Daniel Rich
C Lincoln McCarthy, Dayne Zorko, Mitch Robinson
HF Charles Cameron, Eric Hipwood, Hugh McCluggage
F Oscar McInerney, Daniel McStay, Jarrod Berry
FOL Stefan Martin, Lachie Neale, Jarryd Lyons
I/C Allen Christensen, Cam Rayner, Zac Bailey, Noah Answerth
B Matthew Suckling, Jackson Trengove, Hayden Crozier
HB Caleb Daniel, Zaine Cordy, Easton Wood
C Lachie Hunter, Tom Liberatore, Jason Johannisen
HF Bailey Dale, Aaron Naughton, Sam Lloyd
F Bailey Smith, Marcus Bontempelli, Tory Dickson
FOL Tim English, Josh Dunkley, Jack Macrae
I/C Josh Schache, Toby McLean, Ed Richards, Patrick Lipinski