MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Carlton Blues coach Michael Malthouse speaks to the media during a Carlton Blues AFL media conference at Don Chipp Lecture Theatre on May 21, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

AFL coaching great Mick Malthouse has declared that only six clubs can win the premiership in 2020.

The season was shutdown after Round 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is set to resume on Thursday June 11.

Speaking on Channel Nine’s Sunday Footy Show, Malthouse described the sides who he believes can go all the way.

“It’s going to be the bigger, stronger and more mature sides that I think that will come out the other end,” Malthouse told the Sunday Footy Show.

“I think there’s only five or six sides that can win the premiership this year and each one of them have got a really good blend of senior players but they’ve got this explosive type of player – a Dustin Martin or Jordan De Goey.

“They make a habit of winning the ball in the middle but can do some damage in the forward line.

“Collingwood can win it, no doubt they’re a really explosive side and use the ball well. Their depth is strong and you’ll need some depth because we’ll see some injuries.

“West Coast will certainly feature, Richmond clearly. The toss up then is who is the next phase and I think maybe Brisbane – they’ve had a go at it.

“Port Adelaide, I’m not too sure. They tease you a fair bit. Hawthorn is probably the other one who may come from a long way back and cause some damage purely because of their age group.

“And they’re going to introduce a player this year who didn’t play at all last year (due to injury) and that’s Tom Mitchell.”

Malthouse is tipping GWS to avenge its 89-point grand final loss to Richmond last year to be the 2020 premiers.

He believes Leon Cameron’s side is as well placed as ever before to go all the way.

“Greater Western Sydney is my tip to win the premiership,” he said.

“You talk about explosiveness and they’ve got that, they’ve got the hunger and they’ve also got the right age blend.”