The Saints will travel north to face the Lions in a massive top eight clash to headline Round 13 in the AFL on Saturday morning.
Check out our preview for the clash below as well as betting picks for every game in Round 13.
Brisbane Lions vs St Kilda Saints
Gabba, Saturday 11th June, 5.25am (EDT)
The Lions were red hot to start the season, but they have dropped two of their last three games against the Hawks and Dockers to fall to 9-3 on the season. They still sit in 2nd place on the ladder, but a loss here could see them fall as low as 6th or 7th by the end of the round depending on other results.
Granted, they had a difficult task of travelling to Perth to take on arguably the form side in the competition in the Dockers last week, a game that they were competitive in until the final few minutes. After three of their last four on the road, they’ll relish the return to the Gabba this week before a week off for the bye next round.
The trip north might not affect the Saints as much as some other teams this season as they are coming off their bye round last week. The week off willl have helped get some valuable rest into key players such as veteran ruckman Paddy Ryder as well as injured players Hunter Clark and Jack Higgins.
The Saints had won three straight games before their bye rounds including a fantastic win over the Cats. This will be another real test for them, one that could see them jump into the premiership conversation with a win.
Last 5 Rounds, Brisbane
Round 8 dft. West Coast by 75 pts
Round 9 dft. Adelaide by 36 pts
Round 10 lt. Hawthown by 5 pts
Round 11 dft. GWS by 14 pts
Round 12 lt. Fremantle by 14 pts
Last 5 Rounds, St Kilda
Round 7 lt. Port Adelaide by 1 pts
Round 8 lt. Melbourne by 38 pts
Round 9 dft. Geelong by 10 pts
Round 10 dft. Adelaide by 21 pts
Round 11 dft. North Melbourne by 53 pts
Like the value of the Saints here. The extra week’s rest will make the trip north a lot easier and they will be coming into the game with a near full strength team. Saints key forward has given Lions defender Harris Andrews real issues in the past and King is in career best form at the moment.
I also have some issues with the potential cohesiveness of the Lions forward line, which will contain their three tall forwards in the same game for the first time this season. The Saints start as 17.5 point favourites and I’m happy to back them at that line.
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.
One of the great home and away games of the modern era! The back-to-back-to-back premiers looked unbeatable from 2001-2003, but a young Saints side put their hand up as a major contender to dethrone them in Round 6 of 2004.
Richmond vs Port Adelaide
Over 157.5 (2 Units)
Essendon vs Carlton
Under 166.5 (2.5 Units)
Fremantle vs Hawthorn
Hawks +33.5 (3 Units)
North Melbourne vs GWS
GWS -34.5 (2.5 Units)
Collingwood vs Melbourne
Over 160.5 (4 Units)