BRISBANE and Collingwood are about to gives us a sneak peek into finals life at the Gabba with a Friday night blockbuster that will blast off from 7.50pm AEST.

That stakes could not get much higher, either, with the Lions chasing a top-four spot and a double chance, and Collingwood out to shore up a spot in the top eight.

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The Lions can leapfrog Geelong and jump into third spot with a win, while they will also get a game clear of the fifth-placed Eagles.

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Match Previews R15: Brisbane v Collingwood

Sportsbet's Nathan Brown and Matthew Richardson preview the game between the Lions and Magpies and at the Gabba

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Collingwood, on the other hand, has a chance to make a statement, and can move a game-and-half clear of seventh-placed St Kilda and the eighth-placed Giants.

The problem for the Pies is that they have a bye in the following round, and then have tricky encounters against Gold Coast and ladder-leader Port Adelaide.

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The Lions also have a problem, and that is their goalkicking, the worst in the competition.

No team in the history of the game has been ranked last in that stat and won the flag.

Brisbane's Alex Witherden was squeezed out of the team by the experienced Daniel Rich, while Collingwood dumped tall forward/ruck Darcy Cameron.

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Versatile forward Keidean Coleman will make his first AFL appearance after the Lions matched a bid for their Academy prospect at pick No.37 in last year's NAB AFL Draft to secure his services.

Cameron has been dropped for young 200cm ruckman Max Lynch (his AFL debut), and Levi Greenwood returns to replace Chris Mayne (sidelined after suffering a nasty fractured cheekbone last week).