MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks leads his team up the race during the 2018 AFL round eight match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 11, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Two former AFL greats, Garry Lyon and Tim Watson, have analysed where each of the top 11 teams are at after the first eight weeks of the 2018 season.

Lyon and Watson believe there is a gap between the top 11 teams and the remaining seven as sides in the top sector have only lost to sides down the bottom on three occasions.

Adelaide and Port Adelaide have both lost to Essendon and North Melbourne were beaten by Gold Coast in horrific conditions in northern Queensland.

Here is how the former Demon and former Bomber see the top 11 shaping up.

1st: RICHMOND: “Their three wins against bottom seven sides has given them a real percentage boost so they are the real deal, they’ve given the top sides a whacking and they’re smashing the bottom sides,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

Versus top 11: 4-1 Bottom seven: 3-0

2nd: WEST COAST: “They’ve lost to Sydney only the West Coast Eagles, their massive test comes on Sunday so a big tick for them. They’re doing everything right, they’re 3-1 against those top 11 sides so can’t argue with that,” Lyon said.

Versus top 11: 3-1 Bottom seven: 4-0

3rd: GEELONG: “They’ve only played one of the bottom seven teams so they’ve got upside for sure. They beat Melbourne, Port and the Giants and the next three weeks they’ve got Essendon, Carlton and the Suns so you’d think they are beautifully poised,” Lyon said.

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Versus top 11: 4-3 Bottom seven: 1-0

4th: ADELAIDE: “I think their form stands up, they’re fourth, they lost to Port Adelaide and Collingwood which is maybe a minor concern, they’re going okay Adelaide,” Lyon said.

Versus top 11: 2-2 Bottom seven: 3-1

5th: HAWTHORN: “I wouldn’t be saying they’re a top four lock just yet, but between rounds 14 and 20, they play six teams who are currently in the bottom seven so they have a good run home,” Lyon said.

Versus top 11: 3-3 Bottom seven: 2-0

6th: MELBOURNE: “Melbourne is why this is very interesting data. We as Melbourne supporters are sitting hoping that their bottom seven form can translate into more wins, but as such they’ve failed against the top 11 sides,” Lyon said.

Versus top 11: 1-3 Bottom seven: 4-0

7th: SYDNEY: “They’re coming. They’re the big one to watch, only played one of the bottom seven. They play Fremantle at home, Lions at the Gabba, Carlton at home and St Kilda at Etihad in the next month,” Lyon said.

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Versus top 11: 4-3 Bottom seven: 1-0

8th: PORT ADELAIDE: “They’ve got seven games to go against the bottom seven sides so their draw is not too bad,” Lyon said.

Versus top 11: 3-2 Bottom seven: 2-1

9th: GWS: “They’re real problem is whether they’re going to get some of their big names back into their side. We may not see Tom Scully again this year,” Tim Watson said.

Versus top 11: 1-3 Bottom seven: 3-0

10th: NORTH MELBOURNE: “They’ve still got eight games against bottom seven teams and they’ve hardly got an injury so they’re really well placed,” Watson said.

Versus top 11: 2-3 Bottom seven: 2-1

11th: COLLINGWOOD: “So they’ve been belting up on weaker sides in the competition, their three wins have come against 15th, 17th and 18th, six of their next seven sides are against bottom seven teams so they can build some momentum,” Watson said.

Versus top 11: 1-4 Bottom seven: 3-0