1. (1) BRISBANE
The Lions came out of one of the games of the year with their winning streak intact and with genuine minor premiership aspirations. They will get another taste of finals come early when they face Richmond at the MCG.
LAST FIVE: NM (W), Haw (W), WB (W), Gee (W).
RUN HOME: Rich (A).
2. (3) RICHMOND
Like the Lions, Richmond prevailed in another final come early in a thriller at the MCG. It makes for a mouth watering prospect when the two teams square off this weekend.
LAST FIVE: PA (W), Coll (W), Melb (W), Carl (W), WCE (W).
RUN HOME: BL (H).
3. (2) WEST COAST
They missed a chance to stake a claim for the minor premiership, but the Eagles remain in a strong position to stake a claim for the flag in the weeks to come.
LAST FIVE: Melb (W), NM (W), Carl (W), Ade (W), Rich (L).
RUN HOME: Haw (H).
4. (5) COLLINGWOOD
The Pies have had to contend with a torrid injury list for much of the year, which means their continued top four aspirations are truly remarkable.
LAST FIVE: GWS (L), Rich (L), GC (W), Melb (W), Ade (W).
RUN HOME: Ess (H).
5. (8) WESTERN BULLDOGS
A win over Adelaide will secure the Bulldogs their first taste of September since the 2016 Premiership. Given their form over the past few weeks, if they make it there is nothing to suggest a replication of the events of that campaign.
LAST FIVE: StK (L), Fre (W), BL (L), Ess (W), GWS (W).
RUN HOME: Ade (H).
6. (4) GEELONG
After leading the competition for much of the season, the Cats now face the prospect of missing the top four all together if they fail to defeat the fast finishing Blues.
LAST FIVE: Haw (L), Syd (W), Fre (L), NM (W), BL (L).
RUN HOME: Carl (H).
7. (10) HAWTHORN
The Hawks gave retiring legend Jarryd Roughead a proper send off in their demolition of the Suns. They will need to rely on other results too, but victory over West Coast gives them a chance of September action.
LAST FIVE: Gee (W), BL (L), NM (L), GWS (W), GC (W).
RUN HOME: WCE (A).
8. (13) CARLTON
The Blues overcame a determined St Kilda outfit to continue their strong finish to the 2019 season. Have the opportunity, and will fancy their chances, to torpedo Geelong’s top four hopes in the final round.
LAST FIVE: GC (W), Ade (W), WCE (L), Rich (L), StK (W).
RUN HOME: Gee (A).
9. (14) ESSENDON
A remarkable turnaround for the Bombers after the embarrassment against the Bulldogs. After securing their ticket to September, they have a finals rehearsal against the Pies this weekend.
LAST FIVE: Ade (W), GC (W), PA (L), WB (L), Fre (W).
RUN HOME: Coll (A).
10. (6) GWS
The Giants look like easy prey for their opponents in week one of the finals. Despite this, they have the opportunity to earn home field advantage in week one.
LAST FIVE: Coll (W), PA (W), Syd (W), Haw (L), WB (L).
RUN HOME: GC (A).
11. (12) ST KILDA
The Saints missed the opportunity to record another victory in the run home when they coughed up a lead late against the Blues on Saturday. Have the chance to finish the season on high when they square off against the Swans in the final game.
LAST FIVE: WB (W), Melb (W), Ade (L), Fre (W), Carl (L).
RUN HOME: Syd (A).
12. (15) NORTH MELBOURNE
They have been brave for much of 2019 but in scoring the seventh lowest score in 100 years against the Cats, North Melbourne look to have run out of legs with a fortnight to play.
LAST FIVE: BL (L), WCE (L), Haw (W), Gee (L), PA (W).
RUN HOME: Melb (H).
13. (7) PORT ADELAIDE
Their best is good, their worst is terrible and the latter is the reason they are praying for a miracle to play finals this year.
LAST FIVE: Rich (L), GWS (L), Ess (W), Syd (W), NM (L).
RUN HOME: Fre (H).
14. (9) FREMANTLE
It has been a disappointing fortnight for the Dockers after their victory over Geelong had given them a sniff of September. Face the hot and cold Power in the final round of the season.
LAST FIVE: Syd (W), WB (L), Gee (W), StK (L), Ess (L).
RUN HOME: PA (A).
15. (11) ADELAIDE
Despite losing four of their last five games, their match against the Bulldogs looms as quasi play-off for eighth for the free falling Crows.
LAST FIVE: Ess (L), Carl (L), StK (W), WCE (L), Coll (L).
RUN HOME: WB (A).
16. (16) SYDNEY
The Swans got the job done against Melbourne to bring an end to their losing streak. They will be confident that they can make it two in a row when the host the Saints in the final round.
LAST FIVE: Fre (L), Gee (L), GWS (L), PA (L), Syd (W).
RUN HOME: StK (H).
17. (17) MELBOURNE
Melbourne tuned out of season 2019 some time ago and it was again on show in their winnable match against the Swans on Friday night. Will 2020 prove this year or last to be the aberration?
LAST FIVE: WCE (L), StK (L), Rich (L), Coll (L), Syd (L).
RUN HOME: NM (A).
18. (18) GOLD COAST
The Suns ably played the Washington Generals to Jarryd Roughhead and the Hawks Globetrotters on Sunday. Gold Coast never truly threatened and will likely head into Mad Monday after 18 straight losses.
LAST FIVE: Ade (L), Carl (L), Ess (L), Coll (L), Haw (L).
RUN HOME: GWS (H).