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Aussie Rules: Collingwood target win number four

Collingwood will be out to make it four wins from four when they take on Brisbane Lions in the opening game of round four on Thursday night.

It is still very early days in the AFL, but Collingwood look set to launch a premiership push following three impressive wins to kick-off 2023.

The Lions were also touted to push for the flag in the season ahead but they have won one and lost their other two games to cast doubt over their credentials.

Nothing a home win over Collingwood would not fix and it looks set for to be a gripping game between two sides who will hope to be up there come the end of the season.

There is a busy fixture schedule to look forward to over the Easter period, with matches being played over five days, starting with this one.

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What:Brisbane Lions v Collingwood
Where:The Gabba, Brisbane
When:20:35 (AEST) Thursday 6th April, 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
Odds:Lions 2.00, Collingwood 1.82 

It has been a frustrating start to the 2023 AFL campaign for all connected to the Brisbane Lions, who have already shown their best and worst sides.

Chris Fagan’s men were drubbed in round one by Port Adelaide, but then demonstrated great courage to bounce back with an 11-point win over Melbourne.

The Lions faithful would have been hoping to see their side kick on from there, only for them to lose against the Western Bulldogs the week after.

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The Dogs had lost two on the bounce heading into the game, so the fact Brisbane could not pick up back-to-back wins would have been disappointing to say the least for them.

They do now get another chance to bounce back and will be delighted to be on home soil. 

It looks as though the ruck will be a key area on Thursday night as Collingwood will be missing a recognised ruckman in the game. The Lions will look to exploit that situation and have reacted accordingly.

Tall forward Dary Short has been dropped with hybrid defender Jaxon Prior coming in to take his place. Brisbane big man Oscar McInerney has been in great form and will need that to continue if they are to overcome the Pies.

Fagan will once again be without Daniel Rich as the veteran continues to struggle with a quad injury.

The Lions coach has also admitted that his forward line will have to improve greatly on the performance they put in against the Bulldogs.

Joe Daniher came in for some heavy criticism from media pundits after kicking 0.4 against the Dogs, but Fagan has jumped to his defence and says the whole forward line struggled.

Daniher had booted four goals the week before against Melbourne and can be backed at 10.00 to kick the first goal of the night on Thursday.

Ruck issues for Pies

Collingwood have got the new season off to a flyer with wins over Geelong, Port Adelaide and Richmond Tigers. Now the aim will be to make it four on the bounce by snuffing out the Lions at the Gabba.

Travelling outside of Melbourne for the first time this season will be a test for the Pies, while they will also have to do it without a number of key players.

Worryingly, they have been left without a recognised ruckman going into the game. Mason Cox and Aiden Begg had already been ruled out, along with tall utility Nathan Kreuger.

Just to make matters worse, Darcy Cameron then suffered a knee injury in the win over Richmond and is also in the treatment room.

Reef McInnes comes into the side to replace Cameron, but it looks as though Dan McStay and fellow talls Ash Johnson and Billy Frampton will share duties in the ruck.

Brody Mihocek has impressed for the Pies when booting six goals in his three games so far and he can be backed at 1.20 to kick another at anytime during the game.

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