Redemption is what both the Brisbane Lions and Carlton will be seeking when they go head-to-head at The Gabba on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions will be looking to bounce back after letting the win slip against Richmond last weekend, while the Blues will also want to make amends of their loss to Adelaide.
With the chance to book a top four spot on offer for Brisbane and Carlton’s finals hopes on the line – this match is one not to miss.
Last Time We Met
Brisbane was referred to as the ‘wounded Lions’ in the Round 6 encounter with Carlton at Marvel Stadium last year, despite coming away with an 18-point win.
It was a busy night for the Lions medical team with Darcy Gardiner (concussion), Lachie Neale (ankle), Mitch Robinson (eye), Dan McStay (head knock) and Harris Andrews (head knock) all requiring treatment.
Hugh McCluggage ran rampant with 33 disposals for Brisbane with an equal game high with Carlton’s Sam Walsh.
The Blues looked threatening as big Harry McKay booted six goals, though three majors from Eric Hopwood proved the difference for the Lions.
Brisbane came away with a 15.13 (103) to 12.13 (85) victory over Carlton.
Key Match Ups
Harris Andrews vs Harry McKay
Once again Lions vice-captain Harris Andrews finds himself featured as a key match up due to his importance to his team’s defence.
Andrews is likely to be tasked with keeping Harry McKay quiet, who booted six goals last time these two teams played.
The Carlton spearhead has only managed three goals in his last three outings, so looms as a threat as he is due for a big game.
As one of the Lions leaders, Andrews will also be determined to produce a strong performance to secure the win and a top four spot for his team.
Oscar McInerney vs Marc Pittonet
This match up might not be one that gets talked about as much as others, but it could prove to be the difference in which team wins.
Oscar McInerney has been building into some impressive form over the past month, only slightly interrupted by COVID-19, and is on track for another strong match.
The 28-year-old not only rucks well, but he has also started to hit the scoreboard more regularly.
Marc Pittonet may not get the same numbers as McInerney, however, if he can limit the influence of the Lions ruckman it could help the Blues get the points.
This is the type of important match where the Lions will need all players to stand up, especially its senior players including Jarryd Lyons.
The veteran midfielder has been getting his fair share of the football in recent weeks and his team will need that trend to continue on Sunday.
There will be plenty of focus on Lions midfielders Lachie Neale and Hugh McCluggage, so this is where Lyons could fly under the radar.
Lyons is more than capable of hurting the opposition with the ball and on the scoreboard and if he can do both on Sunday then Brisbane should win.