Round 14 Preview – Lions v Brisbane City

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We’re at the mid-way point and City will be looking to keep their fine run of form going with a big win at their biggest rivals.

Lions have proven themselves to have the meanest defence in the competition lead by captain Matia Simic, conceding just six goals all season but that defence will be tested by a City attack that has scored 15 goals in the last 4 games.

City will also be looking to avenge their 2-1 defeat on opening day at Corporate Travel Management Stadium and will hope to do so in front of the Football Queensland Live Stream cameras.

Lions FC

Lions FC Honours.

NSL Cup Titles: 1 (1981)

Brisbane Premier League Premierships: 14 (1968, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2015, 2016)

Brisbane Premier League Championships: 11 (1967, 1969, 1987, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2016, 2017)

Brisbane Division 1 Titles: 2 (1964, 2011)

Canale Cup Titles: 7 (1968, 1970, 1973, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2015)

State Cup: 1 (2004)

All time* Head to Head:

Played 97, City 39 Wins, Lions 38 Wins, 20 Draws.

Biggest Win: Brisbane City 6-1 Lions, CTM Stadium, 17th February 2012.

Biggest Defeat: Lions 6-0 Brisbane City, Lions Stadium, 28th April 2002.

Current Form: W W W W W

League position: 4th – Played 11, Won 9, Lost 2, Drawn 0 – Goals Scored 33. Goals Conceded 6.

Last NPL Queensland Game: Won 3-0 vs Redlands United @ Lions Stadium.

Our Last Game as Opponents: Brisbane City 1-2 Lions FC, 3rd February 2018, NPL Queensland Round 1. Report 

Classico’s do get fiery from time to time… Photo by Scott Norrish.

By the Numbers

13 – Lions scored 13 goals in a single game earlier this season in a demolition job over Sunshine Coast.

8 – Sam Sibatuara is the top scorer across both teams this season with 8 goals. Chris Maher is Lion’s highest scorer with 6, although four of those came in one game against Sunshine Coast.

6 – Lions have only conceded 6 goals all season, an average of one goal every 165 minutes. They have also kept 6 clean sheets and only conceded more than one goal once.

2 – Lions have played 2 games less than they should have at this stage of the season after games against North Queensland United (h) and Roar Youth (a) were postponed.

A big crowd was present at Corporate Travel Management Stadium earlier this season. Photo by Scott Norrish.

Fast Facts

Catch ups – Although we have reached the half way point in the season, neither City or Lions have played their full complement of matches. Lions have two games in hand on the five teams that have played 13 games (Olympic, Moreton Bay United, Redlands United, SWQ Thunder and Sunshine Coast). City have one game extra to go (against Gold Coast United).

Lop sided – With a slightly uneven draw, Lions only have five games scheduled for Lions Stadium in the second half of the season – although the rearranged clash against North Queensland United is also a home game.

Camera Shy? – City have featured in Live Stream matches six times in the past two seasons, winning twice but losing three games with one draw.

Kick starter – Lions have scored an average of 3 goals per game since putting 13 past Sunshine Coast in Round 7. All but one of those games came at Lions Stadium.

Prior to the Round 7 thumping, Lions scored an average of just 1 goal per game, failing to score on two occasions.

Media

Football Queensland – Rivals Prepare for Brisbane Classico – Link

Classic Classico’s – the 1990 XXXX League Grand Final – Link

Kieran Cooper, who scored in both Grand Finals, celebrates in front of the fans. Photo from Archives.

History of the Brisbane Classico – Link

How does the Brisbane Classico stack up against other rivalries – Link

Youth

City’s Under 20’s will take on their Lions counterparts prior to the main game at Lions Stadium, kick off at 4:00pm.

*Records not complete. Thanks to www.socceraust.co.uk for historical statistics.

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