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Last Time We Met: Brisbane Lions Remind yourself of what happened the last time we met the Brisbane Lions in the build up to the big Saturday night clash at the Gabba

Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions have met 30 times. The record stands at 15 wins apiece.

The Crows have won their past five clashes with the Lions, including the most recent meeting by 138 points at Adelaide Oval in Round 20, 2016.

Beaten by North Melbourne and Melbourne in the past fortnight, Adelaide hasn’t dropped three consecutive games since Rounds One – Three in 2014.

Saturday night’s match at the Gabba will see the top and bottom sides on the AFL ladder do battle.

The Crows have secured victory in five of their past six trips to the Gabba.

The Lions are the youngest team in the AFL across eight rounds with an average age of 23.74 years.

Crows Rory Sloane (150) and Luke Brown (100) will both play milestone matches this weekend.

The two premier AFL Fantasy ruckmen will go head-to-head this weekend. Lion Stef Martin has accumulated 907 points over eight rounds to rank No. 1 in AFL Fantasy land, while Sam Jacobs has 845 points to sit second.

Over the last five rounds, Jacobs has averaged 115.8 points per game opposed to Martin’s 111.8.

Martin is second in the League for hit-outs (348) and equal 10th in clearances (51) – the highest-ranked ruckman in this statistic. Jacobs is third for hit-outs (339).

Milestone man Sloane has laid 73 tackles this season – ranked No.1 in the competition. It surpasses North Melbourne onballer Andrew Swallow’s mark of 72 tackles after eight rounds in the 2010 season.

Dangerous Lions ball winner Dayne Zorko is equal eighth in the League for tackles (59) and kicks (143).

Promising defender Harris Andrews ranks third for one percenters and fifth for spoils (60).

Andrews could get the job on Adelaide captain Taylor Walker on Saturday night. Walker has kicked 19 goals in his last four games against the Lions.

The forward’s career-high of seven goals came against the Brisbane Lions in Round 21, 2015.

Talented tall Eric Hipwood leads Brisbane’s goalkicking this season with 13.

The Lions will be without prolific midfielder Tom Rockliff this week because of a shoulder injury. Rockliff leads the competition for clearances with 81 – 19 more than the next-best player.

The Crows and Lions both average 39 clearances per game – ranked equal-third in the League.

The Lions average the fewest forward 50m entries (45.9) of any team, but are quite efficient onside inside their attacking 50m. They’ve kicked goals from 29.5 per cent of their forward 50m entries – the seventh-best efficiency of any team.

The Crows (64.4 per cent) and Lions (63.3 per cent) boast the first and fourth-best scoring accuracy this season.