Richmond are more than likely to take home the minor premiership, following Champion Data’s (CD) latest finals predictions.
According to CD, the Tigers have a 78% chance of finishing first, and will almost certainly host a Qualifying Final, with Damien Hardwick’s men rated a 92% chance to finish inside the top two.
Their most likely opponent in the first final looks to be Geelong, which could be a re-match of last year’s QF, which saw Richmond win their first final since 2001.
West Coast are set to host Collingwood in the other Qualifying Final according to CD, which would be the first finals match played at the new Optus Stadium.
Port Adelaide would welcome Sydney to the Adelaide Oval for the 5v8 Elimination Final, while the Giants would travel to the MCG to face Melbourne in the other do-or-die clash.
After Round 18’s fixtures Sydney were the biggest losers, with the Swans’ shock defeat to the Suns costing them a chance at a top four finish.
Prior to last round, the Swans were a 55% chance to finish inside the top four, but have now been given just a 19% chance to do so.
They’re almost no hope at a top two spot, with their chances dropping from 22% to just 3%.
The Tigers’ clash with the Pies this Saturday could have huge ramifications on Collingwood’s top four chances, while a win for Essendon over Sydney could keep their finals hopes alive.