The Lions begin life without Matthew Leuenberger on Thursday night. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Darren England
Injuries have played a major part in the home side’s disappointing start and their performances haven’t been much better. The Lions are yet to win a quarter this season, yet alone a match. Matthew Leuenberger and Pearce Hanley have added to the injury woes of coach Justin Leppitsch , but the Brisbane faithful could see the return of midfielder Ryan Lester. Luke McGuane is likely to finally make his Lions debut against his old club after knee injuries have kept him on the sidelines so far this season.
The Tigers have injury anguish of their own to manage with Vice-captain Brett Deledio’s Achilles problem almost certain to rule him out for another week. Nathan Foley could be brought into the side after his impressive performance for Richmond’s VFL team at the weekend. The Tigers lacked pace against Collingwood at the weekend and Foley’s energy, if selected, will certainly bring a spark to a lacklustre Richmond team.
The start of the 2014 AFL season hasn’t been kind to either of these teams, with just one win between the two heading into round five. Richmond will start as firm favourites and history is on their side. May 2009 was the last time the Lions tasted victory over the Tigers, and with a string of injuries continuing to deplete the hosts, Brisbane will have their work cut out for them.
Click here to bet on AFL Round 5 matches