Updated: Jul 16, 2020
RIP Sydney Hubs 2020 - 2020. On its second attempt, COVID-19 continues to cause further interruption to the nation's lifestyle. Seemingly its latest victim, Hubs in Sydney appear on their way out. Round 7 brings us some brilliant duels.
Geelong Vs Collingwood - Thursday Night 8:10 pm - Optus Stadium
Optus Stadium, Perth plays host to a crucial second versus fifth battle to open round seven. Geelong - winners of three straight - face a Collingwood team looking to build on last week's vital win. Collingwood's up and down season - on and off the field - feels like it has settled somewhat over the past week.
Splitting the spoils in 2019's two matches, games between these two teams have been tight of recent times. A tough one to pick, this Geelong list has shown the ability to string together long winning sequences. Geelong by 8 points.
Essendon Vs Western Bulldogs - Friday Night 7:50 pm - Metricon Stadium
Obviously, you always want to win, but this one has turned into a game the Bulldogs will be desperate to win after last week's upset loss to Carlton. Another loss here throws the Bulldogs back to where they were a month ago. Two games outside the eight, the Bulldogs ripped off three wins on the bounce to steady themselves. Now they could prove to be the prime example of a team who in this shortened season will rue their slow start.
Essendon - one of two one-loss teams thus far - has been steady in 2020. Their biggest win, 15 points. Their one loss, a one-point defeat to Carlton. Undermanned, a win here will see the Dons vault into premiership talk. However, the Bulldogs seem to match up well with Essendon.
Western Bulldogs by 19 points.
GWS Vs Brisbane - Saturday 1:45 pm - Giants Stadium
In a similar vein to the Bulldogs and in the context of a shortened 2020, the Giants will be desperate to take the points. Still a premiership favourite with the bookies, there is plenty at stake for the Giants. A win brings them even with their opponents in this one, the Lions.
Brisbane - whose 2019 campaign ended in a classic with the Giants - also have plenty at stake. Thrilling to watch, the Lions have supplied some of 2020's best football so far. Yet after last week's horror third quarter, a loss would throw the Lions squarely in the mid ladder crunch.
A fascinating contest awaits. The Giants can't get the ball inside 50. Whilst the Lions have shown some defensive efficiency issues.
For me, though it is the Lions. Brisbane by 28 points
Sydney Vs Gold Coast - Saturday Twilight 4:35 pm - SCG
A tasty little treat awaits us for twilight footy. After their blistering start, not a lot has gone right for the Sun's. Far from disgraced in losing their last two, an out of form and injury-hit Swans team should be just what the doctor ordered.
Sydney might just feel the same way. They can now add Isaac Heeney for the season and Josh Kennedy to what was an already extensive injury list. For all their improvement, the Swans will feel they can beat what still is a young Gold Coast side. Could a young Swans outfit get up for this and deliver an upset?
Gold Coast by 38 points.
Richmond Vs North Melbourne - Saturday Night 7:40 pm - Metricon Stadium
Four straight losses positions North Melbourne as easy prey for a Richmond side looking to stockpile wins whilst owning a large unavailable list. A pretty tame Saturday night awaits.
Richmond by 23 points.
Carlton Vs Port Adelaide - Sunday - 1:05 pm - Gabba