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Brisbane Lions vs Carlton Tips & Preview - Lions to move into the AFL Grand Final

Last updated: 21 Sep 2023
Ben Darvill 21 Sep 2023
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  • Brisbane Lions vs Carlton Blues predictions for Saturday's AFL Preliminary Final 
  • The match will be played at The Gabba (17:15 AEST)
  • Can the Lions roar into the final?
Carlton Blues and the Brisbane Lions (Getty Images)
Carlton Blues and the Brisbane Lions (Getty Images)

Brisbane Lions vs Carlton Blues Preview

The Brisbane Lions will feel they have a Grand Final date to come, with the significant advantage of playing this clash against the Carlton Blues at the Gabba. 
  • Brisbane Lions vs Carlton Blues Preview
  • Head To Head
  • Brisbane Lions Form 
  • Brisbane Lions Team News
  • Brisbane Lions Team List
  • Carlton Blues Form 
  • Carlton Blues Team News
  • Carlton Blues Team List

While the Carlton Blues are the underdogs, they are not here to simply make up the numbers, with the side looking to secure another big win after dumping the Demons out last week. Can they repeat the trick in Brisbane.

Head To Head

The Lions secured an impressive 100-74 win over the Blues when they met back in June, with this their fifth win in a row over their opponents. 

The Lions have dominated the Blues in recent years, winning eight of their last 10, with the Blues winning the other two. 

Brisbane Lions Form 

The Brisbane Lions were brilliant across the home and away season as they managed to finish second on the ladder, a win short of eventual minor premiers Collingwood. 

Despite the disappointment of coming so close in the home and away season, the Lions did not let this stop them from notching a crushing 123-75 win over the Port Adelaide Power which gave them direct entry into the Preliminary Finals.

Brisbane Lions Team News

The Lions are without Jack Payne due to his ankle injury, with Darcy Gardiner replacing him.

Brisbane Lions Team List

B: Starcevich, Andrews, Gardiner
HB: McKenna, Lester, Coleman
C: McCluggage, Dunkley, Zorko
HF: Cameron, Hipwood, Bailey
F: Rayner, Daniher, Ah Chee
FOL: McInerney, Neale, Berry
I/C: Robertson, McCarthy, Fletcher, Wilmot
EMG: Lyons, Tunstill, Fort, Joyce

Carlton Blues Form 

The Carlton Blues have been outstanding in the finals of the AFL, with two impressive wins over the Sydney Swans and Melbourne Demons enough to see them move into the Preliminary Finals. 

Their win over the Demons was particularly impressive as they downed the side that finished in fourth on the ladder after winning 16 of their 23 matches. 

Carlton Blues Team News

Harry McKay (concussion) and Jack Martin (suspended) are set to return. Jordan Boyd also comes into the Blues side.

David Cuningham, Brodie Kemp, Matthew Kennedy and Matthew Owies all drop out.

Carlton Blues Team List

B: Cincotta, Weitering, Saad
HB: Marchbank, McGovern, Newman
C: Acres, Cripps, Hollands
HF: De Koning, McKay, Docherty
F: Fogarty, C.Curnow, Motlop
FOL: Pittonet, Cerra, Walsh
I/C: Boyd, Hewett, Cottrell, Martin
EMG: Cuningham, Kemp, Kennedy, Owies


While I believe the Blues can give the Lions a real game, I predict that Brisbane will come out on top on Saturday with home ground advantage crucial.

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