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AFL 2020 Grand Final Tips - Will Richmond go back-to-back?

After a dominant 2019, can anyone topple the Tigers in 2020?
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Will Richmond reign once again? (Getty Images)

AFL 2020 Grand Final Preview


It is never too early to take a look at how the new AFL season will play out and we're getting the jump on the competition.

The trade period has come and gone and unless a draftee comes in and dominates from the get-go we now have a rough idea how each team will line up outside the mitigating factors such as injury and form.

AFL 2020 Grand Final Best Bet 


Richmond 

The best bet going into 2020 is Richmond. 

An off night against Collingwood in the 2018 preliminary final cost the Tigers the opportunity to win three-straight premierships, but their dominant win in the 2019 Grand Final solidified their dynasty credentials. 

The core group of superstars at the Tigers are still at the peak of their powers left of playing together and we would be shocked if they didn’t go back-to-back/

AFL 2020 Grand Final Best Smokey 


Western Bulldogs 

You need superstars to win premierships and the Bulldogs are stacked with top-tier talent. 

Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and Josh Dunkley are among the game's best midfielders while the speed and creativity of Jason Johannisen, Lachie Hunter and Caleb Daniel complement the trio perfectly..

The main issue last year was a lack of key position players, which is why the additions of Josh Bruce and Alex Keath will put the Dogs right into the premiership mix.

With some natural improvement to the likes of Aaron Naughton, Josh Schache and Bailey Smith the Dogs should be going deep into September. 


AFL 2020 Grand Final - Team To Watch


Hawthorn

The Hawks will fly under the radar in season 2020 but we can see them pushing for a top-four berth. 

They did well to finish in the top 10 last year after losing the reigning Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell before round one.


Tom Mtichell
Tom Mtichell will boost Hawthorn's midfield stocks in 2020 (/Getty Images)

The recruitment of Jon Patton from the Giants alongside their acquisition of Sam Frost from Melbourne will bolster the Hawks' key position stocks, which was an area of weakness in 2019.

Tom Mitchell comes back into the team after a year out and another pre-season into Jaeger O’Meara and the Hawks should start to reap some rewards. 


AFL Grand Final 2020 - Team You Can Forget About 


North Melbourne 

North Melbourne finished 12th last season and it’s hard to see that changing this year. 

They lack star talent, with Ben Brown the only player close to being an A-grader at the Roos and that’s what is needed to even make finals now in this competition. 

Their lack of young talent is concerning considering they’re supposed to be rebuilding and it looks like being an average year again for the Kangaroos. 


AFL 2020 Grand Final FAQ

When is the 2020 AFL Grand Final?

Unless there is a mitigating factor the AFL Grand Final is played on the last Saturday of September.

In 2020 the AFL Grand Final will be played on September 26.

What time does the 2020 AFL Grand Final start?

If the AFL doesn't change the start time from the 2019 Grand Final the 2020 edition will kick off at 2.30pm AEST.

Where is the AFL Grand Final played?

The AFL Grand Final is played every year in Melbourne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

The MCG has played host to every AFL Grand Final in history.

Who won the 2019 AFL Grand Final?

Richmond won the 2019 AFL Grand Final, their second success in three years.

It was the Tigers' 13th premiership in history.

Verdict

Richmond is the team to beat heading into the 2020 Premiership Season.

The Western Bulldogs loom as the team most likely to make the biggest jump while Hawthorn can never be counted out.

Best Bet: Richmond @ 4.00 at Sportsbet - 10 Units
Best Smokey: Western Bulldogs @ 12.00 at Beteasy - 5 Units
Team To Watch: Hawthorn @ 23.00 at Sportsbet - 2 Units

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