PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: Liam Ryan of the Eagles marks the ball during the round nine AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Optus Stadium on May 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

The AFL have confirmed changes to the Round 21 fixture, with a number of matches shifting due to COVID-19 enforced changes.

Geelong's clash with Greater Western Sydney will move to Friday night, as the Bombers' and Bulldogs match was forced to be moved from the primetime slot and onto the Sunday schedule.

This change was due to the Bombers already having one five-day break in their campaign, with an AFLPA agreement not permitting clubs to have multiple breaks of such short spans.

The round will also welcome the return of Monday night football, with the Demons heading to Perth to face West Coast at Optus Stadium

This move was to ensure the Demons had the appropriate amount of time to quarantine before playing in Perth.

The round will also include the 50th instalment of the Showdown, as Adelaide host Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

The annual Pride Match will also see St Kilda host Sydney at Marvel Stadium on the same night.

The league is yet to make a call on crowd capacities and ticketing for Round 21.

Friday, August 6
Geelong v GWS Giants at GMHBA Stadium, 7.50pm AEST (SEVEN)

Saturday, August 7
Carlton v Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium, 1.45pm AEST (FOX)
Richmond v North Melbourne at the MCG, 4.35pm AEST (FOX)
St Kilda v Sydney at Marvel Stadium, 7.40pm AEST (FOX)
Adelaide v Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, 7.10pm ACST (FOX)

Sunday, August 8
Hawthorn v Collingwood at UTAS Stadium, 2.10pm AEST (FOX)
Western Bulldogs v Essendon at Marvel Stadium, 3.20pm AEST (SEVEN)
Fremantle v Brisbane at Optus Stadium, 3.10pm AWST (FOX)

Monday, August 9
West Coast v Melbourne at Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST (SEVEN)

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