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Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne Preview & Tips - Lions to get first win of AFL season

Last updated: 03 Apr 2024
Jeremy Darke 03 Apr 2024
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  • Brisbane vs North Melbourne expert predictions for Friday’s AFL game
  • Brisbane Lions and North Melbourne both currently winless this season
  • Lions have dominated past encounters against North Melbourne
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Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne Preview

Brisbane Lions are winless with a 0-3 record for last year's beaten Grand Finalists. They are bacekd to break that duck against North Melbourne in Adelaide for Gather Round.
  • Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne Preview
  • Head to Head 
  • Brisbane Lions Form
  • Brisbane Lions Team News
  • North Melbourne Form 
  • North Melbourne Team News

North Melbourne have also gone winless this season and have been dominated by the Lions in the last five season. I'm expecting the Lions cover  the handicap of 36.5 points as favourites.

  • Brisbane have beaten North Melbourne by more than 36 points in their previous two matches.
  • North Melbourne have lost by more than 36.5 points in 2 of 3 matches this season.
  • The last 2 matches between North Melbourne and Brisbane have gone over the game total.
  • All three North Melbourne matches have had a total of over 177 points this season.

Head to Head 

Brisbane have beaten North Melbourne on all six occasions they have met since the 2019 season.

The Lions have crushed the Kangaroos by 108 points in 2022 and by 75 points in 2023 in the last two matches they played, scoring over 150 points themselves in both games.

Brisbane Lions Form

The Lions fell to their third loss in three after going down to Collingwood 92-72 in their 2023 Grand Final replay on Thursday night last week.

Just as the Mapies were 0-3 to start the year, Brisbane have done the same and serious questions are being thrown at that club after such a poor start.

Brsibane have shown brilliance, but only in one quarter each game. In the two opening quarters of their first two matches and the second quarter in their round 2 clash, Brisbane are +74 in points differential, however, in the other nine quarters they are -188 points.

Brisbane Lions Team News

Lachie Neale has passed his fitness test and play after tweaking his ankle.

Tom Doodee will undergo surgery to repair his ACL.

North Melbourne Form 

North Melbourne have had a tough draw to start the season, playing the three teams that have started the season undefeated, going down to GWS and Freo and suffering their worst defeat to Carlton 1137-81 in round 3.

It is not all bad for North Melbourne though who have showed that they can at least compete in patches with some of the best teams in the competition.

That is more than you can say for Hawthorn and West Coast, who are also winless and wiped off the park by much lesser teams than the Kangaroos have faced.

North Melbourne Team News

Callum Coleman-Jones is for the season with an achilles injury. Curtis Taylor is alsou out for another week with a back injury.


Brisbane can cover the 36.5 point line and both teams contribute to pushing the game total over 177.6.

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