Brisbane Lions vs Sydney Swans Round 1 Tips, Predictions & Preview

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Lions vs Swans Tips

Brisbane looks to start their season with a large roar when they face Sydney at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Brisbane Lions vs Sydney Swans free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Dayne Zorko has kicked at least one goal in his last six matches against Sydney.

Brisbane vs Sydney Tips


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Brisbane vs Sydney Match Details


πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Competition: AFL
πŸ—“ Date: Saturday March 20
⏰ Time: 7:45pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Gabba

Brisbane vs Sydney Head to Head (last five matches)


Brisbane have won the last two meetings.

  • R17 2020: Swans 41-73 Lions
  • R7 2019: Lions 103-81 Swans
  • R10 2018: Lions 49-67 Swans
  • R7 2017: Swans 135-81 Lions
  • R6 2016: Lions 94-97 Swans

Brisbane vs Sydney Preview and Prediction


Brisbane after an exciting season last year will be full of high hopes to go one step beyond in the 2021 season.

The Lions looked to target their forward line in the most recent trade period. Joe Daniher arrived from the Bombers as support for Eric Hipwood. Nakia Cockatoo also made the trip to Brisbane from the Cats.

Brisbane put themselves in a position to start the season strong, with a tidy performance against the Suns. They were a little shaky defensively. Nevertheless, they had no problem hitting the scoreboard kicking 18 goals. You can expect the Lions to kick a big score on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Sydney will be looking for their young stars to help them improve upon their 16th place finish last season.

John Longmire has looked to play a slightly more pressure inspired game plan, with a higher handball to kick ratio than in previous years. Tom McCartin will have the big job of containing Daniher or Eric Hipwood, an intriguing contest.

The Swans battled bravely in their pre-season match as they fell to a 28-point defeat. Luke Parker was the best for the Swans booting three goals and is set for another big year.

It’ll be hard to look past the Lions in this one, and I believe they will win handsomely.

Lions vs Swans Team News


Cam Rayner will miss the 2021 season after a knee injury in the AAMI Community Series. Noah Answerth, Nakia Cockatoo and Darcy Gardiner will also miss the Round 1 clash.

The Swans will have Callum Mills and Jake Lloyd available for the season opener but there is still doubt if Lance Franklin will be fit for Saturday night.

The two sides last met in Round 17 last season which saw Brisbane defeat the Swans by 32 points.

Lions vs Swans Stats


  • The favourite has won the last 10 meetings
  • Josh Kennedy has had 30+ disposals in Sydney’s last five matches at the Gabba
  • Dayne Zorko has kicked at least one goal in his last six matches against Sydney
  • Will Hayward averages two goals against the Lions in his career

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