2020 AFL – Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions taking place? Sunday 22nd March, 2020 – 04:20 (UK) / 15:20 (local)

Where is Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions taking place? MCG, Melbourne

What television channel is Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions on? In the UK, five matches each week will be televised on BT Sport and you can see their schedule here. For the TV channel in Australia, visit this link

Where can I stream Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions? If the match is televised in the UK, then BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream it live via BT Sport Player. Additionally, those with a Watch AFL subscription can stream any 2020 AFL match live (outside of Australia). Those in Australia can stream any match live via AFL Live Pass

Where can I get tickets for Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

HAWTHORN

  • Hawthorn made a late charge towards the AFL finals in 2019 but despite winning their last three matches, they were unable to force their way into the reckoning as they fell short by just four points.
  • The Hawks were impressive on home soil last term as they lost just four matches and they will be eager to start 2020 in the same vain as they host Brisbane in their season opener.
  • Sam Frost was a new arrival during the off-season after he switched from Melbourne and he will debut here while Tom Mitchell will also feature after missing the previous campaign due to a broken leg.

BRISBANE LIONS

  • Brisbane were left to wonder what might have been after they narrowly missed out on the minor premiership in the final game of the regular season and that disappointment seemed to stick with them as they crashed out of the finals.
  • The Lions would have finished top of the ladder had they not lost to Richmond in their last game but they had to settle for second spot before losing to the same side again in the first weeks of the finals, followed by defeat to GWS Giants in week two.
  • Grant Birchall will feature against his former club after he was named to make his debut for the Lions but there is no place in the squad for fellow new signings Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Callum Ah Chee.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane looked like they had a strong chance of lifting the Premiership last season but their late season form deserted them when it mattered. They were defeated by another in-form side in Richmond to prevent them from winning the minor premiership and the same side then defeated them in the first round of the finals. That was followed by another defeat in the following week to bring a promising campaign to a premature end but they will be keen to get off to a strong start here and although it will not be easy against Hawthorn, the Lions should be able to edge the win.

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