Collingwood will play premiership favourites Richmond twice in 2019. Picture: Michael Klein
Collingwood will play premiership favourites Richmond twice in 2019. Picture: Michael Klein

Which club has the toughest AFL draw in 2019?

COLLINGWOOD has been hit with the hardest fixture for the 2019 season.

Champion Data has run the numbers after the AFL on Thursday revealed the home-and-away fixture for next season, with the Magpies to play premiers West Coast, Richmond and Melbourne - all teams who finished top four this year - twice.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE WHO YOUR CLUB PLAYS TWICE IN 2019

The Magpies will play 14 matches at the MCG, including nine home games, three at Marvel Stadium and will travel interstate five times with games in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.

"The fixture is as we expected," Collingwood chief executive Mark Anderson said.

"Finishing second, we knew that we would be playing more of the top-six teams twice. And this is how it has played out, with us meeting West Coast, Richmond and Melbourne twice next year."

 

Collingwood will play premiership favourites Richmond twice in 2019. Picture: Michael Klein
Collingwood will play premiership favourites Richmond twice in 2019. Picture: Michael Klein

 

Hawthorn has received the second-toughest draw, with double up matches against top teams West Coast, GWS and Geelong.

The news is better for premiership favourites Richmond, who have been given the sixth easiest fixture.

The Tigers will play the Magpies and Demons twice but have been given a return bout against wooden spooners Carlton.

St Kilda has been given the easiest fixture of all clubs according to Champion Data after finishing 16th this year after just four wins and a draw.

Of the teams who played finals this year, the Saints will play only Melbourne twice next year. They will play fellow strugglers Gold Coast and Carlton twice in 2019.

St Kilda is among a group of five clubs who have been given a free kick next year with two games against the Suns.

Carlton, GWS, Adelaide and Brisbane will also play Gold Coast twice.

The Suns won just four games this year and have had a turbulent off-season so far, losing co-captains Steven May (Melbourne) and Tom Lynch (Richmond) during the trade period as well as a host of other senior players.

Gold Coast has all but conceded it is starting again from scratch next year, with former Essendon great Matthew Lloyd last month suggesting the Suns would field the "worst list we've ever seen put on an AFL field" next year.

The league uses a weighted rule to determine the double match-ups based on the final ladder positions of the previous season.

The rule works as follows:

 

 

WHO YOUR CLUB PLAYS TWICE IN 2019

ADELAIDE

West Coast, Geelong, Port Adelaide, St Kilda, Gold Coast

 

BRISBANE LIONS

Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast

 

CARLTON

Richmond, Sydney Swans, Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, Gold Coast

 

COLLINGWOOD

West Coast, Richmond, Melbourne, Essendon, Western Bulldogs

 

ESSENDON

Collingwood, GWS Giants, Sydney Swans, North Melbourne, Fremantle

 

FREMANTLE

West Coast, Port Adelaide, Essendon, Western Bulldogs, St Kilda

 

GEELONG

Hawthorn, Sydney Swans, North Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Bulldogs

 

GOLD COAST

GWS Giants, Adelaide, Brisbane Lions, St Kilda, Carlton

 

GWS GIANTS

Richmond, Hawthorn, Sydney Swans, Essendon, Gold Coast

 

HAWTHORN

West Coast, GWS Giants, Geelong, North Melbourne, Brisbane Lions

 

MELBOURNE

West Coast, Collingwood, Richmond, Sydney Swans, St Kilda

 

NORTH MELBOURNE

Hawthorn, Geelong, Port Adelaide, Essendon, Brisbane Lions

 

PORT ADELAIDE

Richmond, North Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Brisbane Lions

 

RICHMOND

Collingwood, Melbourne, GWS Giants, Port Adelaide, Carlton

 

ST KILDA

Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Gold Coast, Carlton

 

SYDNEY SWANS

Melbourne, GWS Giants, Geelong, Essendon, Carlton

 

WEST COAST

Collingwood, Melbourne, Hawthorn, Adelaide, Fremantle

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Collingwood, Geelong, Fremantle, Brisbane Lions, Carlton



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