Friday night footy has us PUMPED! 

We're back on the big stage tonight to take on the in-form Carlton at Marvel Stadium and we can't bloody wait. 

Here's everything you need to know ahead of bounce at 7:50pm tonight!

Last time we met

Last time we played Carlton, we shot out of the gate like Makybe Diva in the Melbourne Cup and played some of our best footy of the year in the first quarter. 

Here's what the AFL said about the game.

The Lions played arguably its best football of the season in the first quarter, but had to endure a withering Blues fightback in the last before winning 17.12 (114) to 12.9 (81).


Carlton trailed by 57 points at the final change and whittled it down to 15 with three minutes remaining before the home team steadied.

Brisbane thoroughly deserved its four points, dominating around stoppages (24-8 centre clearances), pressuring relentlessly and moving the ball with speed, leaving its top-four destiny in its own hands with two rounds remaining.

The Lions' midfield laid the platform for victory, led by bullocking ruckman Oscar McInerney, Brownlow medalist Lachie Neale (32 disposals), prolific Hugh McCluggage (28) and ever-energetic Rhys Mathieson (24).

Zac Bailey was back to his damaging best with four goals, while captain Dayne Zorko (22 disposals) had maximum impact with his touches.

Brisbane's first quarter was arguably its best 30 minutes of the season.

Be excited about

The Young Guns

With Dayne Zorko and Daniel Rich set to miss this weeks match due to injury, it's opened the selection door for young guns Harry Sharp and Noah Answerth to return to the side. 

'Sharpy' has been training as a mid/forward hybrid through pre-season and played with the 'ones' team for most of the intraclubs. With a majestic mullet and plenty of dash, we're keen to see him run out for game number eight tonight.

Meanwhile, most Lions fans know what 'Noz' brings to the side! A tough, versatile defender who "isn't afraid of anything" according to Fages. Answerth showed plenty last week after being activated as the tactical sub in the last quarter and we're hoping he'll bring that mongrel energy that we love to the big stage! 

Key Match-Ups we're keen for

Harris Andrews & Jack Payne vs Charlie Curnow & Harry McKay

Goes without saying really!

The Carlton twin towers are two of the most in-form forwards in the competition and our key defenders will have their hands full.


But, with Harris in spectacular form and 'Payney' finding plenty of promise in his game this year, we're expecting a hot contest!

With Jack Payne getting continuity and slowly settling in as his sidekick, Andrews had a match-high 10 intercept possessions to go along with 14 disposals at 92.9% disposal efficiency against the Kangaroos as he marshalled the Lions' backline to a second straight win.