A wet deck looks likely again at the Gabba, in what has been a carnage filled week for both Brisbane and Port Adelaide.
Following a physical contest against Carlton, Brisbane will be without Lachie Neale and Darcy Gardiner while Port Adelaide look likely to be without Travis Boak.
Jimmy & The Beast
With injury comes opportunity, with Brisbane announcing the debut of Irishman, James Madden.
The third-year player impressed recruiters when he broke the all-time AFL Draft Combine 20m sprint record at the European Combine.
The Lions are also welcoming back a fan favourite in Rhys ‘Beast Mode’ Mathieson. After an impressive 18 touches and 4 goals in two quarters last week in the VFL, Mathieson’s form has been too hard to ignore according to selectors.
Brisbane will be looking for Madden’s pace against Port’s small forwards, while Mathieson will play as a ‘bash and crash’ midfielder.
Brownlow #1 and #2 Out
For the first time since he’s arrived in QLD, Lachie Neale won’t run-out for Brisbane, after undergoing ankle surgery earlier in the week.
Having battled through a calf complaint and a back injury, it continues a string of bad luck for the Brownlow Medallist, who will sit out for up to 8 weeks.
Similarly, Port Adelaide will be without Brownlow runner-up Travis Boak after he suffered a minor quad injury.
It leaves the door open for tough midfielder Sam Powell-Pepper to make his return, who, like Mathieson, will be looking to cement his spot in his sides Best 22.
Last Time They Met
Brisbane have won the last three games against Port Adelaide in what has always been an entertaining spectacle.
With both sides experiencing similar rises up the ladder, many experts would've tipped early Saturday's game to be a Grand Final preview.
With the Lions’ depth challenged and Port in spectacular form, it’s a contest that many footy fans will be salivating over.