MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Team line up for the national anthem during the 2018 AFL Grand Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Sydney’s ANZ Stadium has emerged as the frontrunner to host the 2020 AFL Grand Final, according to veteran journalist Caroline Wilson.

The recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Victoria has further stirred speculation that this year’s decider will be moved from the MCG.

Perth’s Optus Stadium was previously touted as next in line to host the game, but Wilson believes that NSW’s support of the AFL season by allowing players into the state has put them in the box seat.

“I think there’s every chance now the Grand Final will leave Victoria,” Wilson said on Footy Classified on Wednesday night.

“Sydney is framing as the favourite at the moment. Obviously this would be fantastic for the AFL’s push into the northern markets. ANZ Stadium seems to be the ground (that would host the game).

“Sydney are the flavour of the month at the moment with the AFL because they’ve done the right thing by the AFL, allowing players into the state.”

AFL has not been played at ANZ Stadium since the 2016 Qualifying Final between the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants.

The ground was set to be redeveloped this year but those plans were abolished amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

ANZ Stadium holds a maximum capacity of 83,000 people.