These are interesting times for the Brisbane Lions.
After finishing fourth from bottom in 2018, Chris Fagan’s men bolted into flag contention in 2019 and then reached the preliminary finals in 2020.
The Lions are among the premiership favourites this season, but can they build on their recent progress and go a step or two further this year?
About the Brisbane Lions
|Home ground:||The Gabba|
|Premierships:||3 – 2001, 2002, 2003|
|2020 ladder finish:||2nd (14-3)|
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Updated Brisbane Lions futures betting
|2021 Premiership||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$8||$2||L Neale $6||D Robertson $51||J Daniher $15|
|Apr||$15||$2.50||L Neale $11||D Robertson $51||C Cameron $41|
|May||$10||$1.80||J Lyons $31||D Robertson $51||E Hipwood $34|
|Jun||$5.50||$1.40||H McCluggage $15||D Robertson $51||E Hipwood $29|
|Jul||$5||$1.17||H McCluggage $26||D Robertson $51||C Cameron $34|
|Aug||$11||$10||J Lyons $51||D Robertson $67||–|
Best Brisbane Lions bets for the 2021 AFL season
Where are the best picks for Brisbane in this year’s major AFL betting markets?
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- Three years ago, we would have questioned the sanity of anyone who bothered to read this section. Now, it is a very different story. Brisbane’s list is loaded with upside, so there is no reason they shouldn’t be there or thereabouts again in 2020.
- Given they finished level on points with Port Adelaide at the top of the table last year, it would be a big shock if the Lions missed the final eight in 2021. The big question is whether they can jag a spot in the top four again. Any quote around $2.50 for Brisbane to finish fourth or better is well worth a go.
- Lachie Neale justified his favouritism in the Brownlow Medal betting last year and will have plenty of support in 2021 as well. Club captain Dayne Zorko is another one to consider.
- Brisbane’s standout candidate in this year’s Rising Star betting is Deven Robertson, who was taken with pick no.22 in the 2019 national draft. Ely Smith, who was pick no.21 in the previous draft, is also an outside chance.
- With the arrival of Joe Daniher, the Lions now have a three-pronged attack that will most likely share the goals around. Charlie Cameron has been the prime mover inside 50 for the past few years, but Eric Hipwood might be the one to watch in 2021.
Brisbane Lions players to watch in 2021
Joe Daniher’s move from Essendon to Brisbane was one of the biggest trades of the offseason. There is no doubting the big forward’s ability, but can he stay fit and fix up his goalkicking issues? If Daniher hits the ground running, the Lions could be a real force in 2021.
Nobody was quite sure what to expect from Jarryd Lyons after his premature exit from the Gold Coast Suns at the end of 2018, but the classy ball-winner is now an indispensable component of the Brisbane midfield. Can he take his game to the next level this year and become one of the AFL’s very best midfielders?
If his last two years are anything to go by, Hugh McCluggage could be in for a monster season. The former no.3 draft pick is already one of the best wingmen in the competition, but he looks poised to take his playmaking to another level in 2021. If you want a roughie for the Brownlow, you could do worse than this guy.
Brisbane Lions records
- Most matches: Simon Black – 322 (1998-2013)
- Most goals kicked in one match: Jonathan Brown – 10 goals (Rd 16, 2007)
- Most Best & Fairest awards: Michael Voss, Jonathan Brown, Dayne Zorko – three each
- Most matches as coach: Leigh Matthews – 237 (1999-2008)
- Most goals in a season: Jonathan Brown – 84 (2009)
- Most career goals: Alastair Lynch – 633 (1988-2004)