Brisbane Lions v Carlton Blues

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Claye Beams earnt a Rising Star nomination in round one. Picture: Getty Images/couriermail.com.au
Both of these sides are coming off solid opening round wins last weekend, with Brisbane  upsetting the woeful Demons in Melbourne, while Carlton  scored an easy 44 point win over Richmond. The Lions are almost at full strength, with only skipper Jonathan Brown missing, although he is slated to return next week. Carlton is set to field the same squad that lined up last week and will give an indicator as to how far the Lions have come since last year.

Where It Will be Won – The Lions midfielder excelled against Melbourne last week, with veteran Simon Black  ably supported by the likes of Tom Rockliff  and NAB Rising Star nominee Claye Beams. Carlton have some of the best midfielders in the AFL however, and if the likes of Chris Judd  and Marc Murphy  can dominate the clearance like they so often do it could be a long night for Michael Voss’ young cubs.

Prediction – These sides met only once last year, with Carlton recording an effortless 61 point victory. The Lions have improved since then but Carlton is still too classy. Carlton 1-39

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