The MCG will play host to Sunday's Round 1 AFL game between Hawthorn Hawks and Brisbane Lions. The game kicks off at 3:20 pm with Brisbane Lions heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Hawthorn Hawks vs. Brisbane Lions game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Sunday March 22, 2020 at 3:20 pm
Where: The MCG
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Hawthorn Hawks vs Brisbane Lions Preview
Brisbane fans have been licking their lips at the mere thought of this game ever since the schedule was released last year.
The Lions have held Hawthorn’s number dating back to 2017, which includes a pair of blowout victories both home and away over the Hawks last season.
Brisbane’s expectations have skyrocketed ever since finishing second on the ladder, which could work one of two ways. The Lions are still one of the most talented sides in the competition, but whether the pressure becomes too much for the younger guys remains to be seen.
Things are similar at Hawthorn with the club looking to return to the finals after finishing ninth last year. Alastair Clarkson has another bright squad on his hands, but several players are still a year or two away from really hitting their stride.
Brisbane fed off their surprisingly strong support on the road last year, particularly in Melbourne, so the lack of a crowd makes this interesting.
The Hawks, meanwhile, haven’t lost in Round 1 since 2017, so there’s every chance they keep this close. Hawthorn’s forward line will need to be at its best if they wish to keep up with the quick-scoring ways of Brisbane, but if they can contain Charlie Cameron, they look seriously good value at the line.