Easter weekend boasts a fantastic slate of nine games in the AFL for Round 5. The round gets underway on Thursday morning (EDT) as the Lions host the Magpies.
Check out our preview and betting picks for the clash and the rest of the Round 5 games below.
Brisbane Lions vs Collingwood Magpies
Gabba, Thursday 14th April, 7.35am (EDT)
Brisbane will be back in another marquee time-slot this weekend as the take on the Magpies early on Thursday morning. The Lions lost to the Cats in Geelong last week and will be desperate to get back on the winners list and get their top four campaign back on track.
Collingwood suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of a battered West Coast side in Round 4 to hand the Eagles their first win of the season. They have had a horror run at the Gabba in recent history and will be hoping to turn the tide.
Season So Far, Brisbane:
Round 1 dft. Port Adelaide by 11 points
Round 2 dft. Essendon by 22 points
Round 3 dft. North Melbourne by 108 points
Round 4 lt. Geelong by 10 points
Season So Far, Collingwood
Round 1 dft. St Kilda by 17 points
Round 2 dft. Adelaide by 42 points
Round 3 lt. Geelong by 13 points
Round 4 lt. West Coast by 13 points
The Lions are a bonafide top four side in the AFL and should have no problem taking care of the Magpies at home on Friday night.
I think the loss down in Geelong will only make them even more hungry to get the job done against Collingwood.
The Lions have won their last three against the Magpies by an average of 31.3 points. Back them to cover the line in a high scoring game.
Blast From the Past
In this section, we’ll be taking you on a trip down memory lane to the most memorable matchups between the two teams in question to help any readers who might be new to the game of AFL football get an understanding for some of the more exciting events throughout the league’s history.
Flashback to the 2002 AFL Grand Final. The reigning premier Brisbane Lions were hunting a title defence. Standing in their way, the Collingwood Magpies. There might have never been a larger collection of star players assembled on one ground than this game. Enjoy the highlights from an absolute thriller.
North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs
North Melbourne +31.5 (1.5 Units)
West Coast vs Sydney
West Coast +10.5 (1 Unit)
St Kilda vs Gold Coast
St Kilda 1-39 (2.5 Units)
Adelaide vs Richmond
Richmond H2H (3 Units)
Melbourne vs GWS
Melbourne 1-39 (1.5 Units)
Carlton vs Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide H2H (1.5 Units)
Essendon vs Fremantle
Essendon H2H (1.5 Units)
Hawthorn vs Geelong
Geelong -16.5 (5 Units)