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 but fell to the GWS Giants in the semi-finals.
Can the Lions move up again in 2020 and challenge for the AFL Premiership title?
About the Brisbane Lions
|Home ground:||The Gabba|
|Premierships:||3 – 2001, 2002, 2003|
|2019 ladder finish:||2nd|
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Updated Brisbane Lions futures betting
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$10||$1.45||$2.40||L Neale $10||D Robertson $15||C Cameron $17|
|Feb||$10||$1.45||$2.40||L Neale $9||D Robertson $15||C Cameron $17|
|Mar||$10||$1.45||$2.50||L Neale $11||D Robertson $15||C Cameron $17|
Best Brisbane Lions bets for the 2020 AFL season
Where are the best picks for Brisbane in this year’s major AFL betting markets?
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- Two years ago, we would have questioned the sanity of anyone who bothered to read this season. 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 Geelong and Richmond last year, it would be a big shock if the Lions missed the final eight in 2020. 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 was one of the favourites in last year’s Brownlow Medal betting and will have plenty of support in 2020 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.
- Charlie Cameron smoked Brisbane’s goalkicking trophy last year with 54 majors, running equal-third in the Coleman Medal race. His only realistic challenger at The Gabba is Eric Hipwood, who finished with 32 goals last season.
Brisbane Lions 2020 AFL fixture
|1||Hawthorn Hawks||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Sunday, March 22||2:20pm|
|2||North Melbourne Kangaroos||The Gabba||Saturday, March 28||6:55pm|
|3||Adelaide Crows||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, April 4||3:35pm|
|4||Collingwood Magpies||The Gabba||Thursday, April 9||7:35pm|
|5||Western Bulldogs||Gabba||Saturday, April 18||7:35pm|
|6||Sydney Swans||The Gabba||Saturday, April 25||7:25pm|
|7||Geelong Cats||GMHBA Stadium||Saturday, May 2||7:25pm|
|8||Richmond Tigers||The Gabba||Friday, May 8||7:50pm|
|9||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, May 16||7:40pm|
|10||Gold Coast Suns||The Gabba||Saturday, May 23||7:25pm|
|11||Fremantle Dockers||Optus Stadium||Saturday, May 30||8:10pm|
|13||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Blundstone Arena||Saturday, June 13||1:45pm|
|14||Melbourne Demons||The Gabba||Friday, June 19||7:50pm|
|15||Hawthorn Hawks||The Gabba||Thursday, June 25||7:20pm|
|16||Collingwood Magpies||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Saturday, July 4||1:45pm|
|17||Geelong Cats||The Gabba||Saturday, July 11||7:25pm|
|18||Carlton Blues||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, July 19||3:20pm|
|19||St Kilda Saints||The Gabba||Sunday, July 26||3:20pm|
|20||GWS Giants||UNSW Canberra Oval||Saturday, August 1||2:10pm|
|21||West Coast Eagles||The Gabba||Saturday, August 8||2:10pm|
|22||Gold Coast Suns||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, August 15||7:25pm|
|23||Essendon Bombers||The Gabba||TBA||TBA|
Brisbane Lions players to watch in 2020
The Lions could hardly have dreamed up a better replacement for Dayne Beams after his return to Collingwood. Neale is a prolific ball-getter and a damaging runner on the outside who adds serious pace and quality to an already talented Brisbane midfield.
Nobody was quite sure what to expect from Lyons after his premature exit from the Gold Coast Suns, 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 A-grade midfielders?
There is always immense pressure on a no.1 draft pick to deliver from the get-go, but Rayner has fallen well short of expectations in his first two years of AFL footy. The Lions will want more from their forward half this year, so this is a big season for the Western Jets prospect.
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)
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