CHRIS Fagan says the prospect of Brisbane playing more games in Queensland makes "no difference whatsoever" to its chances of winning a premiership.
Speaking on Friday ahead of his team's clash with Greater Western Sydney, the Lions coach said sporting history was littered with tales of teams that succeeded away from home.
Fagan said above all else, it was pointless predicting where games would be played for the remainder of the season and assessing who might or might not get an advantage.
"For starters, who knows what'll be happening in two weeks' time because the landscape keeps changing," he said.
"Hopefully coronavirus doesn't get into Queensland, but it might, and then it all changes again.
"I've learned to live this year pretty much a day at a time and so have our players.
"We're talking in theory."
Brisbane's game against the Giants will be its third interstate games this season, with its round eight fixture against Melbourne an away game at Metricon Stadium.
"If you look at sport across the world, if that was right, then Australia could never go to England and win an Ashes series, but they've done that," Fagan said.
"Every team that plays at home in the World Cup, if they're a great soccer nation, you think they'd win, but they don't.
"Have a look at the history of sport, it's no guarantee of anything."
Brisbane knows only too well the agony of not getting the job done at home.
After winning 10 of 11 games at the Gabba during the home and away rounds of 2019, the Lions were knocked out of the finals with successive losses against Richmond and the Giants on their home deck.
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Fagan did say it would be nice to have the Grand Final in Queensland, but only once the MCG no longer became an option.
Ahead of playing the team that bundled it out of last year's race, Fagan said he had no idea how to get a form-line on anyone this season.
"It seems like injuries are popping up more and that's going to play a tremendous role in who's going well at the right end of the year," he said.
"There's the uncertainty of where we're playing from week to week.
"The ladder is really even from 13th or 14th up to the top.
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"There's a thousand-and-one questions. That's what makes it a fantastic competition this year.
"I reckon when you turn the telly on each night to watch a game, you don't really know who's going to win. It's great for the fans."
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Fagan said with the season about to be compressed with games as close as every four or five days, he was happy for the bench to remain at four players rather than be extended to six.
He said although Brisbane had dealt with early injuries in a couple of matches (Dayne Zorko against Adelaide and Cam Ellis-Yolmen against Port Adelaide), his team was still finishing relatively fresh.
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"It depends how long the compression goes for," Fagan said.
"If it went for six weeks you'd probably need to consider going to six players, but if it's a three-week compression, I think we can cope with it."