Second AFL preliminary final at a glance

Fast facts about the AFL preliminary final between Brisbane and Geelong at the Gabba.

A GUIDE TO THE AFL PRELIMINARY FINAL BETWEEN BRISBANE AND GEELONG

WHEN: Saturday, 7.40pm AEDT

WHERE: The Gabba

THE FORM

* Brisbane (H&A second, 14 wins, 3 losses). Prevailed at home over Richmond by 15 points in a qualifying final and rewarded with hosting rights for the prelim

* Geelong (H&A fourth, 12 wins, 5 losses). Suffered a 16-point qualifying final loss to Port Adelaide before thumping Collingwood by 68 points in a semi

HEAD-TO-HEAD

* Overall: Brisbane Lions 15 wins, Geelong 20 wins, 0 draws

* In Finals: Brisbane Lions 1 win, Geelong 0 wins

* Last time: Round 6, 2020: Geelong 11.7 (73) bt Brisbane 6.10 (46) at the SCG

THE COACHES

* Chris Fagan has turned the Lions around from cellar dwellers to premiership contenders. Brisbane went out in straight-sets last year but delivered Fagan's first finals win as head coach with a superb win over Richmond. This is his first preliminary final.

* Chris Scott led the Cats to a premiership in 2011 but since then has coached them in four preliminary finals - losing all four. Geelong comfortably avoided a straight-sets exit this year but will be desperate to end their grand final absence.

THE KEY DUELS

Harris Andrews (Brisbane) v Tom Hawkins (Geelong)

Brisbane's vice-captain plays with a maturity beyond his years and will need every ounce of it against the Coleman Medallist. Hawkins booted three goals on Andrews last time they played and is coming off four majors against Collingwood.

Lachie Neale (Brisbane) v Joel Selwood (Geelong)

Brownlow Medal favourite Neale is at the heart of everything good in Brisbane's engine room and it will take a concerted team effort from the Cats' midfield to lower his colours. Expect Geelong skipper and hard-nut Selwood to lead from the front in attempting to curtail Neale's influence.

Darcy Gardiner (Brisbane) v Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

Dangerfield put Collingwood to the sword with a starring semi-final role up forward and the mobile Gardiner shapes as the best bet to go with him. This is unlikely to be a permanent match-up, however, as the Cats may need Dangerfield's nous and explosiveness around the stoppages.

THE STATS

* Geelong are set to enter Saturday's game with 21 players who have preliminary final experience - Sam Simpson is the only Cat not to have featured in the game's penultimate week. Brisbane have just four - Grant Birchall, Lachie Neale, Charlie Cameron and Lincoln McCarthy - who all played in preliminary finals at other clubs.

THE TIP

* Brisbane by eight points