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Match Preview: Brisbane v Gold Coast

Bragging rights are yet again up for grabs in the 17th encounter between the two Queensland clubs.
Both are sitting on 3 wins and 2 losses, sitting just outside the top 8 on percentage.

Where and when: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, April 27, 1.45pm AEST

Last time they met: Metricon Stadium, Round 22, 2018: Brisbane 10.18 (78) defeated Gold Coast 11.8 (74).

Brisbane survived a huge scare last time they met, turning around a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to win narrowly. 

What it means for Brisbane: After back-to-back losses from Essendon and Collingwood, the Lions need to restore some lost confidence. A win would put them back in the top eight and set them up for a winnable stretch of matches to follow.

What it means for Gold Coast: After four games decided by less than a goal, the Suns were walloped by Adelaide on Sunday. They wouldn't want a second poor showing. However, the Suns are two from two at Metricon and a win over the arch-rivals would quickly get them back on track.

How Brisbane wins: The Lions have to get back to the aggressive, pressuring, exciting team they were in the first three weeks. That means winning contested ball, working hard defensively and moving the ball with composure.

How Gold Coast wins: Keep the game in tight and frustrate the Lions into mistakes. The Suns have good pressure players in their midfield and forward line and Brisbane has a habit of moving the ball too quickly, turning it over and getting punished the other way.

The match-up: Touk Miller v Dayne Zorko

Surely we get round three of this match-up? Miller took Zorko to the cleaners when they met in round five last year and was then snubbed a post-match handshake by the combative Lion. Zorko was much improved when they met later in the year and then sarcastically went to shake his opponent's hand after the final siren. In Zorko's 150th match, this rivalry needs to keep bubbling along.

Big call: Charlie Cameron – four goals.


The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs