NAME: North Melbourne – Brisbane Lions
DATE: March 31, 2019
TIME: 02:10 UTC
VENUE: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne , Australia
My prediction for the match Kangaroos vs Lions
North Melbourne Kangaroos lost 3 of 3 matches in 2019 and has big problems with current players conditions.
In the Round 1 Kangaroos were beaten by Fremantle Dockers by 141:59 and it is big lost for this team.
Brisbane Lions were a big surprise for Round 1. They won West Coast Eagles by 44 points and are in good mind now.
In the Round 2 we have interesting situation: on the one hand we have more stronger and famous team with bad conditions and on the other hand we have less famous, but good team.
Bookies gives mostly equal odds for both teams but I think that Lions has more chances to win the match.
So, my bet:
Brisbane Lions will win the match with odds 2 in WilliamHill
Match preview by Flashscore
After their upset win over the defending Premiers in the opening round, the Brisbane Lions look to start the season 2-0 for the first time in a decade when they take on the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium.
But it will be no easy task as the Kangaroos will be looking to show that last week’s 82-point loss to the Dockers was a one-off bad performance and get their hopes of contending for a finals berth back on track.
It has been a tough few years for Lions’ fans (71 losses in the last four years), but there are signs that the depths of those dark days are finally beginning to dissipate.
And while the hype of last week’s win still flickers strongly, the challenge now is winning these types of 50-50 games when expectation of victory is much higher.
The Kangaroos were dismantled by the Dockers last week with virtually every important stat from that match going against them. With that loss, question marks now hang over the club’s off season recruitment strategy of bringing in a number of mature type players.
Not only have the Lions lost their past six matches to North Melbourne, they haven’t beaten the Roos at Marvel Stadium since 2009 with the closest losing margin in that time being 54 points.
Should a heavy home loss eventuate however, the media spotlight will turn oh so bright on the club with coach Brad Scott surely in their sights.
Players to watch: Coleman Medal favourite Ben Brown (Kangaroos) could only manage two goals last week. Look for him to be targeted more this week when North go forward.
Electrifying small forward Charlie Cameron (Lions) is fast becoming a fan favourite. Can he repeat his three-goal effort from last week?
Stat attack: In North Melbourne’s last 23 matches, the under/over points total has been under on 14 occasions.
In their last 23 games playing as an underdog, Brisbane have a 5-18 record.
Only once in the last six years have the Kangaroos lost their opening two matches.