AFL 2020: Richmond – Five Fearless Predictions

What does 2020 hold in store for the Tigers?

2019 in a Nutshell

What a dominant display from the Tigers in 2019, capped by one of the most dominant grand final victories in recent memory. The Tigers’ play-on-at-all-costs, always forward and always for each other game style proved too strong for the majority of the league, even when hampered by injury. Fearless. Well, here are 5 fearless predictions for the boys in Yellow and Black for 2020.

2020 Playing List

1. Nick Vlastuin, 2. Dylan Grimes, 3. Dion Prestia, 4. Dustin Martin, 5. Jack Ross, 6. Patrick Naish, 7. Liam Baker, 8. Jack Riewoldt, 9. Trent Cotchin, 10. Shane Edwards, 11. Jason Castagna, 12. David Astbury, 13. Jack Higgins, 14. Bachar Houli, 15. Jayden Short, 17. Daniel Rioli, 19. Tom Lynch, 20. Ivan Soldo, 21. Noah Balta, 22. Josh Caddy, 23. Kane Lambert, 25. Toby Nankervis, 26. Riley Collier-Dawkins, 27. Thomson Daw, 28. Fraser Turner, 29. Shai Bolton, 31. Oleg Markov, 32. Luke English, 33. Kamdyn McIntosh, 34. Jack Graham, 35. Nathan Broad, 36. Will Martin, 38. Noah Cumberland, 39. Jake Aarts, 40. Callum Coleman-Jones, 41. Maboi Chol, 45. Hugo Ralphsmith, 46. Ben Miller, 47. Bigoa Nyuon, 50. Marlion Pickett.

Be sure to check out our Fearless Predictions for the other AFL clubs here.

2020 Fixture

Thurs 19 Mar 7.25pmRd 1CarltonHMCG
Thurs 26 Mar 7.25pmRd 2CollingwoodAMCG
Sun 5 Apr 3.20pmRd 3St KildaAMS
Sat 11 Apr 1.45pmRd 4AdelaideHMCG
Fri 17 Apr 8.10pmRd 5West CoastAOS
Fri 24 Apr 7.55pmRd 6MelbourneAMCG
Sat May 2 1.45pmRd 7GWSHMCG
Fri May 8 7.50pmRd 8BrisbaneAGabba
Fri May 15 7.50pmRd 9GeelongHMCG
Sat May 23 7.25pmRd 10EssendonAMCG
Sat May 30 1.45pmRd 11SydneyHMCG
Sun Jun 7 2.10pmRd 12North MelbourneHMCG
Rd 13Bye
Sun Jun 21 2.10pmRd 14West CoastHMCG
Sat Jun 27 7.25pmRd 15GWSAGS
Sat Jul 4 4.35pmRd 16Port AdelaideHMS
Fri July 10 7.50pmRd 17CollingwoodHMCG
Sat Jul 18 2.10pmRd 18Gold CoastAMetricon
Sat Jul 26 1.10pmRd 19BulldogsHMCG
Fri Jul 31 7.20pmRd 20AdelaideAAO
Sun Aug 8 1.10pmRd 21CarltonAMCG
Sun Aug 16 3.20pmRd 22HawthornHMCG
TBCRd 23FremantleAOS

With a home game at Marvel in 2020, the Tigers play just 14 games at the MCG. They don’t have to dust off their overnight bags for an interstate trip until Round Five but this will be the first of six they’ll make. Combined with double up matches against GWS, West Coast and Collingwood and they will need to be at their best if they are to successfully defend their hard won Premiership.

Five Fearless Predictions

Marlion Pickett takes up where he left off.

I’ve heard it said that Pickett’s grand final performance was a once-off, a flash in the pan. Rubbish. Pickett is one of those beasts that seems to morph and bend in order to adapt to his surroundings, only not only does he survive – he thrives. Silky smooth runner, good disposal and a nous for goal: We’ve not heard the last hype piece about this man.

Few teams will challenge them

Geelong, West Coast and GWS (if they aren’t still suffering PTSD). That is a comprehensive list of teams that have a chance of knocking Richmond off during the season. The way the Tiger’s play, with every player knowing his role has shades of 2009/10 Ross Lyon albeit with an attacking angle. This allows injuries to be plugged with depth players who are adept in a variety of roles, and the continuation of the gameplan.

Rance will return

Call it an inkling. A man in his prime, one of the game’s best defenders, and he gives it up for what? He’ll be back, it’s the nature of the beast.

Richmond will decimate Carlton in Round One

People are crowing about Carlton’s youthful and exuberant team, and how they are poised for tilt at finals. They will be fuming then, that they have to come up against the Tigers in Round One (get rid of it). The Tigers will be licking their lips, wanting to hose down any and all speculation of a close game early.

Richmond go Back-to-Back

Not really a huge leap to think that the Tigers could do it. Challengers in the Giants (damaged?) and the Eagles will come for them, but it’s hard to see the Tigers giving up any ground on a remarkable 2019.

Where will they finish?

Ok, we might have shown our hand in the Fearless Predictions but we might just step it back here. While the Tigers deserve their status as Premiership favourites, as we learned in 2018, it doesn’t take much to go wrong for the best laid plans to go awry. For that reason we’ll play it a little safer here and suggest that they’ll finish top four in 2020.

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