MACKAY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: Lions coaching staff inspect the field of play as heavy rain falls ahead of the 2016 AFL NAB Challenge match between the Brisbane Lions and the St Kilda Saints at Harrup Park Country Club on March 6, 2016 in Mackay, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

The AFL believes Saturday night’s clash between Brisbane and Essendon at the Gabba will take place despite heavy downfall hitting Brisbane due to Cyclone Debbie.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast up to 200 millimetres of rain in Brisbane on Thursday before slowly easing up 36 hours before the bounce time.

It’s the second week in a row the Gabba surface has been under fire, after the AFL Women’s Grand Final was moved to Metricon Stadium because the turf was deemed unsafe.

“The wicket table has been covered for the past 18 hours and the ground has always drained really well,” AFL media relations manager Patrick Keane said.

“Their (Gabba) advice to us is that the ground will be ready to go.”

Stadiums Queensland, who manage and operate the Gabba, also told AFL.com.au that the surface would be ready in time for Saturday’s game.

“The Gabba team are monitoring the weather conditions closely and patrons are suggested to come well prepared for expected wet weather this weekend,” Gabba manager Blair Conaghan said.