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Match Preview: Lions v Carlton

Michael Whiting, AFL Media  July 4, 2018 10:11 AM

 - Brisbane Lions,Lewis Taylor

It's a match-up of 17th against 18th, but both teams would be happy with their form in recent weeks.

The Lions are fresh from hammering Fremantle in Perth at the weekend, while the Blues have pushed Collingwood and Port Adelaide in the past fortnight without getting a victory.

Brisbane has had a strong season despite its lack of success, and against the Dockers everything came together.

Veterans Dayne Beams and Stefan Martin dominated and young stars Hugh McCluggage, Jarrod Berry and Eric Hipwood all played leading roles.

Berry did a great tagging job on Nat Fyfe before the Freo superstar went off with a hamstring injury and might be in line for a similar role against Carlton bull and Vice-Captain Patrick Cripps this week.

For the Blues, Charlie Curnow has been white-hot, and with Harris Andrews out injured, looms as a difficult match-up for the home team.

The Lions will be desperate to make it back-to-back wins and should do so on their home ground.

Where and When: 
The Gabba, Saturday, July 7, 1.45pm AEST

Last Five Meetings:
R18, 2017, Brisbane Lions 17.10 (112) d Carlton 11.16 (82) at the Gabba
R21, 2016, Brisbane Lions 15.9 (99) d Carlton 13.17 (95) at the Gabba
R11, 2016, Carlton 16.6 (102) d Brisbane Lions 9.10 (64) at Etihad Stadium
R20, 2015, Brisbane Lions 20.11 (131) d Carlton 9.13 (67) at the Gabba
R6, 2015, Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84) d Carlton 11.9 (75) at Etihad Stadium

The Six Points:

1. The Lions could have won by a lot more when the teams last played, crushing the Blues in disposals (381-292) and marks (137-79). The two Daynes - Zorko and Beams – starred, combining for 56 disposals and six goals.

2. A possible advantage for Brisbane could be in scoring. Despite just two wins, the Lions are averaging 79 points a game compared to Carlton, which is the lowest-scoring team in the competition with 63 points a game.

3. Brisbane has dominated Carlton recently winning five of the past six contests - three of those have been by less than 10 points though. The Lions hold a 12-7 advantage in matches at the Gabba.

4. After earning a Rising Star nomination last Saturday, Cam Rayner will be looking to back up with another solid contribution. Chris Fagan will be relying on Rayner to provide intense forward pressure at the Gabba against the Blues.

5. Lewy Taylor is set to play reach his 100 game milestone for the Lions after making his debut four years ago. 

6. The two teams contain a combined total of two players inside the top 50 of the AFL Player Ratings. Lion Dayne Zorko is ranked fourth, while Blue Patrick Cripps is 18th.

It's a big week for... Lewy Taylor

The lively Lions small forward plays his 100th game and enters it in excellent form.

The 2014 Rising Star winner is fresh off his best season in the AFL and is building nicely in 2018.

So far this year, Lewy has played all 14 Senior games for the Lions.

Against the Dockers, Taylor kicked three goals among his 17 disposals. 

He was named amongst the Lions' best for his efforts at Optus Stadium. 

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