The AFL season 2020 is in full swing, with the first three games being played on Saturday nights in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The finals will be held on Sunday nights in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
“There’s no question that we’re going to have some games that have been announced at the start of the year,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said on Monday.
We’ll have some other games that are yet to be announced but I’m confident that we will have some of those games as well.
“The finals are also being held on Friday nights in Perth and Adelaide, with a clash between Melbourne and Fremantle to be played on Sunday.
In terms of the schedule, it looks like the AFL has some exciting weeks ahead, with games scheduled for the following weeks: January 7: Carlton vs Essendon, Saturday night in Perth.
Carlton is the No.1 ranked team in the AFL with a record of 17-0, and has won five games in a row.
February 10: Richmond vs Hawthorn, Saturday at the MCG.
It is the top-ranked team in both the AFL and the A-League with a win in each of the last two seasons.
March 17: Melbourne vs Essi…, Saturday in Brisbane.
Melbourne is the best team in its division with a winning record in all four matches in 2017, including a win over Richmond in the finals.
April 2: Carlton v Essendon (Sydney), Saturday night at the SCG.
Carlton’s season is off to a great start with a 7-1 win over the Western Bulldogs.
July 8: Essi.., Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium.
Essi is the third-ranked side in the A, with wins over Hawthorn and North Melbourne.
August 11: Ess…, Sunday night in Melbourne.
Essendon is the bottom-ranked club in the top half of the AFL, with losses to Geelong and North, and is on a two-match losing streak.
September 8: Richmond v Hawthorn (Brisbane), Saturday at Adelaide Oval.
Richmond’s season has been on hold with a loss to the Gold Coast and a win against the Bulldogs, but has been bounced back with a big win over Collingwood at the Gabba.
October 10: West Coast v Essi, Saturday evening in Perth, in the first game in the series against Essi in the last four games.
West Coast’s season was suspended for the first half of 2018, and will now be back in the running for the premiership.
November 3: Ess.., Sunday evening in Melbourne, the first match of the season against Essie.
Essie is the second-ranked premiership side in both leagues with a 2-1 loss to Collingo in the 2016 grand final.
December 11: Richmond….., Sunday afternoon at Adelaide, the final match of 2016, against Essendon.
Richmond has a three-game winning streak, and would like to build on that with a grand final win against Essipolis.
2017 season previews: Carlton and Essendon – by James Dargle