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Match preview: Brisbane v Hawthorn

Where and when: University of Tasmania Stadium, Saturday July 27, 1.45pm AEST

What it means for Brisbane: The Lions are entrenched inside the top four, but will now have their eyes on a home qualifying final. Should they take care of business against the Hawks, it will be another giant step towards a shock top-two finish.

What it means for Hawthorn: The Hawks kept their slim finals hopes alive with an upset victory over the Cats. It keeps them within touching distance of the top eight, but they'll need to record another surprise win on Saturday to ensure they remain a chance.

The stat: Luke Hodge has a handy record against his former side. He's won both of his two games against the Hawks, racking up 19 and 20 disposals in each.

The match-up: Ben Stratton v Charlie Cameron

Cameron is the frontrunner for this year's small forward role in the All Australian team. He has become one of Brisbane – if not the League's – most influential players and is particularly damaging in the forward 50. Quelling his influence will be huge for the Hawks. The club's captain, Stratton, has been touted for the stopping role.

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