Saturday sees undoubtedly the biggest matchup of the NPL Queensland season so far as traditional rivals Lions FC and Brisbane City face off in the first ‘Brisbane Classico’ of the season at Luxury Paints Stadium.

Brisbane City have made a positive start to the season, following up a late 1-0 triumph over Brisbane Roar in Round 1 with a composed 2-0 victory over Peninsula Power in Round 2. Matt Thurtell netted his second goal in as many games while Jheison Macuace bagged his first league goal for the club to set up victory for the Azzurri.

Lions have battled admirably from some difficult positions in the opening two rounds, an 82nd minute finish from Joe Duckworth was enough to net them a point in Round 1 against Redlands. While in Round 2 they left it even later, former City player Jesse Rigby lashing home from the edge of the area in the 94th minute on Saturday night to earn them another point at Ballinger Park.

In two league meetings in 2022 it was Lions who undoubtedly had the edge, prevailing 2-0 at Imperial Corp Stadium before running riot at Luxury Paints Stadium in July recording a 7-0 victory. What happened after the second of those meetings perhaps sticks more in the memory of City fans, merely three days later the Azzurri turned the tide and secured a famous 4-2 Australia Cup victory against the same opposition at Imperial Corp Stadium to seal their passage through to the National Round of 32 for the very first time.

Saturday marks the last of three consecutive away games to start the League season for City before they return home in Round 4 for the reopening of Imperial Corp Stadium in another derby against Olympic. Tickets for that match are now on sale and can be purchased online via the BCFC social media channels.

Being a Brisbane Classico there is always a massive crowd expected at Luxury Paints Stadium & City supporters are urged to come in their numbers and arrive early to secure the best parking and seats. Kick off is at 5pm, with the U23s also playing at 1pm to start a blockbuster afternoon of football.

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