Brisbane vs Richmond
Tigers looking for 4 straight wins to start the season for the first time in forever
The Brisbane Lions host a Richmond Tigers outfit that is looking to go 4-0 at the Gabba in Round 4 of the 2017 AFL Season.
The Lions have been a decent enough team this year, though they sit at only 1-2, when you consider how uncompetitive they’ve been in the past.
They took a small win over the Gold Coast Suns in Round 1 and put in valiant but ultimately well-beaten efforts against the Essendon Bombers and St Kilda Saints since.
Richmond on the other hand have beaten all before them, and while you could argue that what was before them doesn’t add up to much, it’s still impressive.
They slammed Carlton as expected in Round 1 and then were able to get up against misfiring Collingwood and West Coast in the past two weeks.
It’s a rare good start to a season under Damien Hardwick and they will be looking to make the best of it they can and stay undefeated as long as possible.
The Tigers have only one change this week with Ben Lennon dropped and Connor Menadue recalled into the team.
Brisbane have dropped two of their off-season recruits, Jack Frost and Jake Barrett, recalling Claye Beams and giving a debut to Cedric Cox.
Although this match is at the Gabba where the Lions enjoy something of a home-ground advantage, the Tigers have won seven in a row here and haven’t lost to Brisbane at this ground since the Lions glory days of the early 2000s.
The Lions are playing a side with plenty of youth while Richmond are a mature team, so a win here should be straightforward for them.
They’re at $1.38 to win which is pretty good odds. Brisbane have been competitive in both their losses so far so Richmond to win by 1-39 for $2.25 might be the best value on offer, but a blow out is a real possibility.