Richmond's bid to extricate itself from the "biggest hole" of Damien Hardwick's coaching career will begin at a ground where it boasts the best record of any current team – the Gabba.

The Tigers will head to Brisbane for the Easter round opener on Thursday on a five-match winning streak that stretches back to 2005. The last time the Lions notched a win on their home turf against the Tigers came in 2004, at the end of the period in which they won three consecutive premierships.

While Brisbane has not threatened for a premiership for most of the past decade, it has nevertheless maintained a decent home record. Among the other 16 teams in the competition the greatest current winning streak at the Gabba is two matches, a record that reinforces the significance of the Tigers having won five in a row at the venue.

In the aftermath of the Tigers' hefty loss to Collingwood on Friday night, coach Hardwick declared the Tigers' situation was the biggest battle he had faced since taking over at the end of 2009.

Richmond has one win from its opening four matches, despite a favourable draw in which three of the four teams it has faced finished lower than it did last year. Conversely, last year the Tigers won three of the first four, despite only having one match against a team that finished lower than them in the preceding season.

When Hardwick began in 2010, the Tigers lost their first nine matches, and their last four. In 2011, they endured a six-match losing streak late in the season. In the past two seasons, however, they have avoided such form troughs, with their worst result a three-match losing streak, in each of 2012 and 2013.

The Tigers will travel to Brisbane at risk of losing three in a row for a third time. But the combination of their great form at the Gabba, and the injury-hit Lions' awful start to the year in losing all four matches, should embolden Tigers supporters about their chances of victory on Thursday night.

Should the Tigers fail to win in Brisbane, they could conceivably have only one win to round seven, because in the fortnight afterwards they face premiership contenders Hawthorn and Geelong.

Key midfielder Brett Deledio is not in immediate contention to return, due to a nagging problem with a tendon near his Achilles. The vice-captain indicated on Sunday he was hopeful of returning within a month.

"I've been running for the past couple of days, but I've just got to make sure I can pull up all right, and get as much strength work into it as I can," Deledio told AFL Game Day. "I haven't got a lot of spring at the moment and can't explode off the mark."