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Aussie Rules: Lions need some home comforts

Brisbane will be out to consolidate their place in the top four when they take on a Sydney side that have work to do if they are to make finals.

Collingwood and Port Adelaide continue to set the pace, with Melbourne trying to hang on their coattails. They are followed by three teams all sat on 32 points. 

The Lions are one of them along with St Kilda and Essendon, so it is important that Chis Fagan’s side pick up a valuable four points on Friday night. 

The same can be said of Sydney who are two wins away from the top eight and need to get their act together quickly to have a chance of playing finals. Brisbane at the Gabba on a Friday night does not get much harder and it will take some performance from the Swans to get the job done.

Lions need to respond

WhatBrisbane v Sydney
WhereThe Gabba, Brisbane
When19:50 (AEST) Friday 16th June, 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsBrisbane 1.21, Sydney 4.50

Brisbane will be delighted to be back on familiar ground after suffering back-to-back defeats on the road. The Lions suffered a 17-point defeat against Adelaide, but even more alarming was the 25-point loss against struggling Hawthorn. 

Both of those losses put a severe dent in their chances of making the top two and they now sit 12 points off the pace. Brisbane need to get back on track quickly and three of the next four games are at the Gabba, starting with Friday night’s game. 

They have won all six games at home this season and just two on the road, so that shows the kind of task facing the Swans. 

Confidence could be low after the last two defeats and the Lions will look to the likes of Charlie Cameron and Brownlow Medal winner Lachie Neale for inspiration. 

Cameron has booted 34 goals this season and is priced at 1.04 to kick a goal at Anytime during the game on Friday night, while Neale is averaging an impressive 28 disposals a game. 

Swans out to cause boilover 

Sydney Swans are still suffering a big hangover from the Grand Final defeat against Geelong in 2022 and may not even make finals this season. 

They were showing signs of improvement with wins over Carlton and North Melbourne, but slipped to a home defeat against St Kilda last week. John Longmire’s side have performed better away from home with three of their five wins this season coming on the road. 

Also, the last time they travelled to the Gabba in 2021 they won by 31 points, so a shock result cannot be ruled out. If the Swans are to come out on top, it is likely to be tight, and they can be backed at 8.50 to win by 1-12 points.  

And when you have quality forwards like Tom Papley and the legend that is Lance Franklin in your side, anything is possible. Franklin can be backed at 1.19 to score at Anytime, while Papley is priced at 10.00 to boot the first or last goal of the game.  

Chad Warner is also a big danger and will need keeping an eye on. The star midfielder is averaging 6.2 score involvements a game.

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