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AFL ROUND 20 FIXTURE AND TEAMS (All times AEST)

FREMANTLE v MELBOURNE

Friday July 22, 8:10pm at Optus Stadium

Dockers’ Round 19 team

B: Aish, Cox, Clark

HB: Walker, Ryan, Pearce

C: Brayshaw, Fyfe, Acres

HF: Schultz, Banfield, Henry

F: Frederick, Taberner, Walters

FOLL: Darcy, Brodie, Serong

I/C: Young, Chapman, Logue, Mundy

Team tips: Freo will need to replace Nat Fyfe after he was subbed out of the club’s draw with Richmond with a hamstring injury. While the dual Brownlow medallist has escaped a serious setback, there’s currently no time frame on his return. In a boost for the Dockers, however, Rory Lobb is firming to play after missing the Tigers clash with a chest issue. Alex Pearce missed training after hurting his ankle against Richmond, and Will Brodie was sporting strapping at Monday’s session in other potential concerns. Justin Longmuir’s side is otherwise well settled right now, although had several big performances in the VFL including Darcy Tucker (32 touches, two goals), Nathan Wilson (28 disposals) and Mitch Crowden (32 possessions) to potentially put some pressure on the likes of Bailey Banfield and Liam Henry.

Draw! Tigers & Freo share the spoils | 03:27

Demons’ Round 19 team

B: Rivers, May, Petty

HB: Sparrow, Lever, Jordon

C: Brayshaw, Oliver, Langdon

HF: Fritsch, Gawn, Harmes

F: Pickett, Weideman, Petracca

FOLL: Jackson, Viney, Neal-Bullen

I/C: Salem, Spargo, Hibberd, Melksham

Team tips: Jake Lever (shoulder) is set to return, for the big Friday night blockbuster but Ben Brown (knee soreness) will spend another week on the sidelines. Adam Tomlinson was a late in for Lever in last weekend’s loss to the Western Bulldogs, so either he or Trent Rivers likely come out of the 22. James Jordan hurt his knee against the Dogs but is also set to line up against Freo. Oscar Baker had 33 touches and nine marks in the VFL to throw his name into the selection mix, while Luke Dunstan (19 touches, nine tackles) and Jake Bowey (20 disposals) were also solid.

COLLINGWOOD v PORT ADELAIDE

Saturday July 30, 1:450pm at MCG

Magpies’ Round 19 team

B: Murphy, Howe, Moore

HB: Crisp, Maynard, Pendlebury

C: Daicos, Adams, Noble

HF: Elliott, Cameron, Hoskin-Elliott

F: McCreery, Mihocek, Sidebottom

FOLL: Cox, Lipinski, Daicos

I/C: Quaynor, Bianco, Ginnivan, Johnson

Team tips: Gun defender Brayden Maynard is confident his shoulder injury won’t keep him out of action after getting subbed out of the Pies’ thrilling after-the-siren win over Essendon, while coach Craig McRae didn’t shed any more light on the setback. If Maynard fails to get up, he’ll likely be replaced by Jordan De Goey, who McRae was optimistic would return from a three-game absence with a quad issue. If Maynard does play, John Noble could be sent back down to the VFL, while Jack Ginnivan’s spot could also come under threat after a quiet fortnight with just one goal. Last week’s medical sub Josh Carmichael is putting selection pressure on too after a brilliant two-goal fourth quarter after he came on for Maynard to play a key role in the miracle win. Brodie Grundy is fit and available, but McRae has said the club wants to build him up to peak physical condition through the twos, who had a bye last weekend, while Ash Johnson and Trent Bianco have likely done enough to keep their spots in a side riding a nine-game winning streak.

McRae evasive on Grundy & De Goey trades | 01:54

Power’s Round 19 team

B: Burton, Jonas, Clurey

HB: Byrne-Jones, Aliir, Houston

C: Amon, Drew, Farrell

HF: Butters, Marshall, Rozee

F: Gray, Dixon, Powell-Pepper

FOLL: Finlayson, Wines, Boak

I/C: Bergman, Georgiades, Burgoyne, McEntee

Team tips:Dan Houston is sidelined for 12 days under the AFL’s concussion protocols after suffering a head knock against Geelong and will miss the MCG clash against Collingwood. But coach Ken Hinkley was confident Charlie Dixon (ankle), Mitch Georgiades (shoulder) and Zak Butters (soreness) will all be right to back up. The likes of Sam Hayes (29 touches), Jackson Mead (23 disposals, seven marks, seven tackles), Xavier Duursma (19 touches) and Trent Dumont (21 possessions, two goals) will all come into the selection frame to replace Houston after strong SANFL outings, while you wouldn’t expect too many more changes after a brave performance against the top-of-the-ladder Cats.

SYDNEY v GWS GIANTS

Saturday July 30, 2:10pm at SCG

Swans’ Round 19 team

B: Fox, Rampe, P.McCartin

HB: Lloyd, T.McCartin, McInerney

C: Florent, Parker, Clarke

HF: Gulden, Amartey, Heeney

F: Hayward, Franklin, Papley

FOLL: Hickey, Mills, Warner

I/C: Blakey, Stephens, Rowbottom, Reid

Team tips: The Swans got through their win over Adelaide unscathed, and have one of the healthiest lists in the competition to choose from with players in good form across the board. The one to watch to potentially come in is Josh Kennedy, who racked up 37 disposals and laid eight tackles in his second game back from a serious hamstring injury in the VFL. The likes of Lewis Taylor (32 touches, one goal), Harry Cunningham (26 possessions, eight marks) and Braeden Campbell (22 disposals, two goals) also played well in the seconds as John Longmire is spoiled for choice at selection, but there’s no obvious openings in the senior team.

Giants’ Round 19 team

B: Keeffe, Taylor, Cumming

HB: Ward, Himmelberg, Ash

C: Peatling, Bruhn, Kennedy

HF: Taranto, Haynes, Brown

F: Lloyd, Riccardi, Greene

FOLL: Preuss, Hopper, Coniglio

I/C: Briggs, Wehr, O’Halloran, Sproule

Team tips: Josh Kelly should slot straight back into the side after missing last week’s loss to Carlton through concussion, while Tom Green and Jesse Hogan were both managed and should be available. It leaves names such as Zach Sproule, Tanner Bruhn, Kieren Briggs, Lachie Keefe and Jake Riccardi most vulnerable at selection after they struggled to have an impact against the Blues. Jarrod Brander has been in solid form in the VFL and could also come into the mix.

Greene on next coach & Dusty pursuit | 02:18

ST KILDA v HAWTHORN

Saturday July 30, 4:35pm at Marvel Stadium

Saints’ Round 19 team

B: Battle, Wilkie, Webster

HB: Hill, Lienert, Sinclair

C: Wood, Crouch, Billings

HF: Butler, Membrey, Gresham

F: Higgins, King, Sharman

FOLL: Marshall, Steele, Ross

I/C: Paton, Byrnes, Windhager, Clark

Team tips: The Saints could be without Jack Billings after he suffered a back injury against Hawthorn, while Jade Gresham required scans after a copping a knock to his knee that caused him to finish the game on the bench. It could see the injury-hampered Dan Hannebery return for his first AFL game since Round 23 last year after getting through two matches in the VFL. Dougal Howard could come into the mix too after missing several weeks with a knee issue, where Jarrod Lienert could then make way. Tom Highmore (28 disposals and nine marks) and Mitch Owens (24 touches, two goals) will also come into consideration after a strong outings in the twos.

Saints too strong for Eagles in Perth | 00:53

Hawks’ Round 19 team

B: Scrimshaw, Blanck, Impey

HB: Sicily, Hardwick, Grainger-Barras

C: Day, Mitchell, Ward

HF: McEvoy, Macdonald, Breust

F: Gunston, Lewis, Moore

FOLL: Reeves, Newcombe, O’Meara

I/C: Nash, Morrison, Maginness, Morris

Team tips: Hawthorn is running hot after three-straight wins and thus won’t feel pressed to make many changes, if any. James Blank suffered a head against the Roos but returned shortly after so should be right to face St Kilda. Daniel Howe (29 disposals, nine marks) and Tom Phillips (26 touches, 10 tackles) impressed in the VFL, but it’s hard to Sam Mitchell changing a winning formula and settled side that has a good mix of youth and experience.

GEELONG v WESTERN BULLDOGS

Saturday July 30, 7:25pm at GMHBA Stadium

Cats’ Round 19 team

B: O’Connor, De Koning, Z.Guthrie

HB: Bews, Henry, Tuohy

C: Duncan, Blicavs, Smith

HF: Rohan, Cameron, Dangerfield

F: Close, Hawkins, Stengle

FOLL: Stanley, C.Guthrie, Selwood

I/C: Kolodjashnij, Holmes, Atkins, Miers

Team tips: The Cats will welcome back Tom Stewart after he served his four-game suspension in a huge boost to their defence, while the club is hopeful Sam Menegola will be fit to return from concussion. The two looming additions are off-set by a knee injury to Rhys Stanley that’ll force the big man to miss several games, with either Jonathan Ceglar or Esava Ratugolea likely to replace him. Finding spots for Stewart and Menegola is tricky though, where two of Zach Guthrie, Jack Henry and Max Holmes appear most likely to make way given the likes of Gryan Miers and Mark O’Connor played well against Port. Whoever comes out will clearly be unlucky, but the Cats need to make hard choices as they search for their 10th-straight victory.

Geelong Cats Press Conference | 13:27

Bulldogs’ Round 19 team

B: Richard, Gardner, Khamis

HB: Hannan, Keath, Dale

C: Williams, Liberatore, Macrae

HF: Johannisen, Bruce, Smith

F: Dunkley, Naughton, Ugle-Hagan

FOLL: English, Bontempelli, Treloar

I/C: West, Weightman, Garcia, McNeil

Team tips: Adam Treloar is the interesting watch after getting subbed out of his team’s huge win over Melbourne late with calf tightness, with the club set to assess his availability later this week. Caleb Daniel and Taylor Duryea (both knee) are also listed as tests ahead of the huge showdown with Geelong as the Dogs get back to a near full-strength squad to choose from, while Anthony Scott could also be available to return from concussion. Jason Johannisen and Rhylee West were quiet against the Dees, while Josh Bruce has struggled to make an impact in his two games back from an ACL injury. Lachie Hunter (28 touches), Toby McLean (23 touches, seven tackles) and Stefan Martin (21 disposals, 25 hit-outs, one goal) played well in the VFL to give Luke Beveridge plenty to ponder, particularly the ladder against Melbourne’s star ruck duo of Max Gawn and Luke Jackson.

ADELAIDE v CARLTON

Saturday July 30, 7:30pm at Adelaide Oval

Crows’ Round 19 team

B: Doedee, Butts, Hamill

HB: Smith, Murray, Dawson

C: Hinge, Laird, Jones

HF: McAdam, Fogarty, Soligo

F: McHenry, Walker, Murphy

FOLL: O’Brien, Berry, Keays

I/C: Thilthorpe, Schoenberg, Milera, Parnell

Team tips: Shane McAdam could miss the Blues clash with a hip complaint, potentially opening the door for Josh Rachele to return to the senior side from his own hip issue. If the Crows opt to bring Rachele back through the seconds, then Jackson Hately (33 touches) Lachie Sholl (23 disposals, one goal) and James Rowe (17 possessions, three goals) would be at the front of the queue to replace McAdam after strong SANFL performances. There’s pressure on a widespread of Crows across the board after their loss to Sydney in a down game across the board, 

Blues’ Round 19 team

B: Saad, Weitering, Docherty

HB: Young, McGovern, Newman

C: O’Brien, Cripps, Cerra

HF: Silvagni, C.Curnow, Setterfield

F: Durdin, McKay, Motlop

FOLL: De Koning, Walsh, Kennedy

I/C: Cottrell, Fisher, Honey, Plowman

Team tips: Michael Voss is getting closer to a full strength side as it looks to build form in the run home. Marc Pittonet has now played in two VFL games in his return from a PCL injury to put himself firmly in the mix for a senior reprieve. So do they go taller like how they started this season given you wouldn’t think any of the Blues’ genuine big men would get dropped? If not, Lewis Young could be the odd man out. The good news is Sam Walsh and Jacob Weitering have been given the all clear and are expected to play, but the bad news is George Hewett will miss a second straight week with back soreness and is listed as a “week-to-week assessment” moving forward. Jack Martin and Matt Owies (both calf) are nearing returns from their respective setbacks, and Caleb Marchbank also came back via the VFL last weekend. And Paddy Dow (22 disposals, two goals) continues to put pressure on in the twos. It leaves the likes of Jesse Motlop, Corey Durdin, Josh Honey, Lachie Plowman and Lochie O’Brien most vulnerable at selection. But don’t expect Will Setterfield to make way after a strong return to the senior side with 24 touches, eight marks and one goal.

Carlton take down Giants at Marvel | 01:21

GOLD COAST v WEST COAST

Sunday July 31, 1:10pm at Metricon Stadium

Suns’ Round 19 team

B: Graham, Collins, Lemmens

HB: Farrar, Ballard, Lukosius

C: Sharp, Miller, Ellis

HF: Ainsworth, Chol, Swallow

F: Rankine, Casboult, Holman

FOLL: Witts, Rowell, Anderson

I/C: Atkins, Flanders, Hollands, Macpherson

Team tips: There were four omissions last week, so the door is open following a loss for Brayden Fiorini, Hewago Paul Oea, Jack Bowes and Sam Day to come back into the side. There‘ll be at least one forced change with Charlie Ballard out with a nasty knee injury. Rory Thompson continues to play at the lower level after coming back from a meniscus concern.

Eagles’ Round 19 team

B: Hurn, Barrass, Duggan

HB: Bazzo, Edwards, Jones

C: Hough, Shuey, Foley

HF: Ryan, Darling, Redden

F: Waterman, Kennedy, Cripps

FOLL: Williams, Kelly, Gaff

I/C: Witherden, O’Neill, Rotham, Culley

Team tips: Nic Naitanui has missed a couple of games with knee soreness and should be ready to go. Jack Petruccelle is a test along with Elliot Yeo, with both nursing hamstring concerns but a good chance of playing this week. Tim Kelly looked well below his best after his corked quad from the week prior.

RICHMOND v BRISBANE

Sunday July 31, 3:20pm at MCG

Tigers’ Round 19 team

B: Grimes, Miller, Tarrant

HB: Broad, Vlastuin, D.Rioli

C: Pickett, Short, McIntosh

HF: Graham, Bolton, Baker

F: Riewoldt, Cumberland, Balta

FOLL: Nankervis, Prestia, Cotchin

I/C: Ralphsmith, Soldo, Sonsie, Edwards

Team tips: Josh Gibcus should be ready to return if given the call up. Dylan Grimes had his glute heavily iced in the rooms after last week‘s draw but should be good to go. Tom Lynch is widely expected to make his return from a hamstring injury, while Jack Ross is a test with a knee concern. Interestingly, Ben Miller – subbed out in the dying stages of last week’s game with what was labelled a groin injury along with cramp – was not mentioned in the club’s initial injury report video on the website on Tuesday, but was added in the text of the article later after the omission was noted on social media. Miller has been listed as ‘probable’ to play this week.

Lambert calls time on his career | 01:56

Lions’ Round 19 team

B: Gardiner, Adams, Zorko

HB: Starcevich, Andrews, Rich

C: Ah Chee, J.Berry, McCluggage

HF: Bailey, Hipwood, McCarthy

F: McStay, Daniher, Cameron

FOLL: McInerney, Neale, Rayner

I/C: Robinson, Lyons, Mathieson, Answerth

Team tips:

Unfortunately for the Lions, they keep having to make forced changes to their side. Daniel Rich won‘t play given he’s now in the league’s concussion protocol. Keidean Coleman could be ready to face the Tigers depending on Thursday‘s main training session. Harry Sharp and Nakia Cockatoo were omitted from last week‘s side, while Jack Payne missed with illness.

ESSENDON v NORTH MELBOURNE

Sunday July 31, 4:40pm at Marvel Stadium

Bombers’ Round 19 team

B: Ridley, Laverde, Zerk-Thatcher

HB: Redman, Kelly, McGrath

C: Durham, Shiel, Heppell

HF: Guelfi, Martin, Langford

F: Wright, Stringer, Jones

FOLL: Phillips, Merrett, Caldwell

I/C: Hind, Hobbs, Snelling, Draper

Team tips: Mason Redman was admitted to hospital with internal bleeding after in incident in the game against Collingwood, so he will very likely miss against the Roos. There was plenty of good news in the VFL, with Aaron Francis, Archie Perkins and Tom Cutler all getting through unscathed. Darcy Parish is still a week or two away.

“Essendon will be kicking themselves” | 02:32

Kangaroos’ Round 19 team

B: Scott, McKay, Young

HB: McDonald, Corr, Bonar

C: Powell, Davies-Uniacke, Greenwood

HF: Curtis, Larkey, Horne-Francis

F: Zurhaar, Ziebell, Taylor

FOLL: Goldstein, Simpkin, Anderson

I/C: Stephenson, Coleman-Jones, Spicer, Perez

Team tips: The big factor here will be Covid, given Paul Curtis and Callum Coleman-Jones have returned positive tests, not to mention caretaker coach Leigh Adams. While Adams is expected to be in the coaching box come Sunday, the outlook on Curtis and Coleman-Jones remains up in the air. Charlie Comben and Kyron Hayden are another week away. Nick Larkey is a test after his heel injury.

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