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AFL: Big cats clash at Brisbane's Gabba

Brisbane will be out to cement third place on the AFL ladder when they take on a Richmond side who have won their last three games on the bounce.

Collingwood and Port Adelaide continue to set the pace at the top of the ladder, but the Lions are the best of the rest and still hope to chase them down.

For that to happen they will need to win week in, week out, but it will not be easy against a Tigers side who have found some form all of a sudden and who are pushing for the top eight.

However, a trip to Brisbane will prove to be a stern test as not many visiting sides leave the Gabba with anything to show for their efforts.

It is a cracking way to begin week 16 of 24 and, if history is anything to go by, we could be in for a tight, high-scoring game.

WhatBrisbane Lions v Richmond Tigers
WhereThe Gabba, Brisbane
When19:20 (AEST), Thursday 29th June
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsBrisbane 1.33, Richmond 3.35

Brisbane back on song

Following back-to-back defeats against Adelaide and Hawthorn, the Lions have got their campaign back on track with a couple of important wins.

A home win over Sydney stopped the rot, but it was the win on the road against St Kilda that would have please coach Chris Fagan the most.

Brisbane ended up comfortable winners in the end, defeating the Saints by 28 points, and confidence should now be sky-high ahead of the Tigers clash.

The Lions have won 10 games this season and seven of those have been on home turf.

It is fair to say the Gabba is a fortress as Melbourne and Collingwood are among the teams to have left with nothing and Richmond will be up against it.

The last time the two sides met at the Gabba, they played out one of the best finals games in recent history.

Brisbane came out on top in September 2022, winning 104-102, and if we get anything like that again, we are in for a great night.

There is a good chance the game will be close though and Brisbane are priced at 6.00 to win by 1-12 points, while Richmond can be backed at 6.50 to win by the same margin bracket.

Charlie Cameron is averaging 2.5 goals a game this season and can be backed at 7.00 to boot the first on Thursday night.

Tigers mounting finals push

The Tigers will return to action after the bye and they will be hoping to carry on where they left off after winning three games on the bounce before the break.

A fresh voice following the departure of Damien Hardwick appears to have done the trick and they have won the last three games on the spin.

Two of those have been on the road at Fremantle and Greater Western Sydney, so that should give them hope as they head to Brisbane.

The Tigers have won two of the last three games against Brisbane, but both of those were at the MCG.

Richmond may be in 12th spot on the ladder, but are just two points away from the top eight, so their finals hopes are alive and kicking - a win at the Gabba and they really will be flying.

After the game against the Lions they have a good run of fixtures against Sydney, Hawthorn and West Coast, so have a very good chance of climbing into the eight.

They are priced at 3.00 to play finals.

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