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The exciting Gold Coast Suns will feature in prime time in Round 8, Stuart Dew’s young side hosting the Western Bulldogs on Thursday evening.

Two recent Grand Final re-matches should prove fascinating, too, as the Tigers battle the Giants and the Eagles host the Magpies.

Get the lowdown on what you need to know about every club ahead of Round 8 in the Tuesday Cheat Sheet!

Adelaide Crows

This week, the Crows play the Essendon Bombers at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday at 1.05 pm AEST

  • Adelaide sits on the bottom of the AFL ladder
  • The Crows have lost all seven matches this season and have dropped 10 in a row
  • Matthew Nicks is still searching for his first win as senior coach

Brisbane Lions

This week, the Lions play the Melbourne Demons at Metricon Stadium on Sunday at 6.10 pm AEST

  • Brisbane broke a four-match losing streak against Melbourne with a 33-point win in Round 5 last year
  • Forward Eric Hipwood kicked five goals in that triumph
  • Brisbane sit second on the ladder and has won five of six matches since the re-start

Carlton Blues

This week, the Blues play the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the Gabba on Saturday at 1.05 pm AEST

  • Four of Carlton’s seven games this season have been decided by three points or less
  • Key forward Harry McKay has kicked six goals in his last two matches
  • The Blues have not beaten North Melbourne since 2014

Collingwood Magpies

This week, the Magpies play the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium on Sunday at 3.35 pm AEST

  • Jordan De Goey (finger) is set to miss up to two months of football
  • Adam Treloar averages 33 disposals per game this season
  • Collingwood pipped West Coast by one point last season, ending a run of four straight losses to the Eagles that included the 2018 AFL Grand Final

Essendon Bombers

This week, the Bombers play the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday at 1.05 pm AEST

  • Essendon were thrashed by 42 points against the Bulldogs in Round 7
  • Dylan Shiel (suspension) will miss this clash
  • The Bombers have won their past two against the Crows

Fremantle Dockers

This week, the Dockers play the Geelong Cats at Optus Stadium on Monday at 8.10 pm AEST

  • The Dockers kicked just five goals against rivals West Coast in Round 7
  • Fremantle beat Geelong by 34 points in the only clash between the two sides in 2019
  • Nathan Fyfe averages 32 disposals and 1.5 goals per game in his last four outings against Geelong, but is sidelined with a hamstring injury

Geelong Cats

This week, the Cats play the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on Monday at 8.10 pm AEST

  • Gary Ablett left Geelong’s WA hub to return to Victoria for personal reasons last week
  • Joel Selwood (hamstring) and Jordan Clark (shoulder) will miss this clash, too
  • Defender Tom Stewart is likely to return, though

Gold Coast Suns

This week, the Suns play the Western Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium on Thursday at 7.40 pm AEST

  • The Suns won the last time the sides met, edging a thriller by five points at Docklands last year
  • Young gun Izak Rankine has kicked five goals in his two career matches
  • Gold Coast has already won more matches in 2020 (four) than it did in 2019

Greater Western Sydney Giants

This week, the Giants play the Richmond Tigers at Giants Stadium on Friday at 7.50 pm AEST

  • The Giants kicked just three goals in an 89-point loss to Richmond in last year’s Grand Final
  • This is the club’s worst start to a season since 2014
  • GWS has lost the inside 50 battle in every match it has played this season

Hawthorn Hawks

This week, the Hawks play the Sydney Swans at the SCG on Saturday at 3.35 pm AEST

  • Hawthorn has lost three matches in a row after upsetting reigning premiers Richmond in Round 4
  • Forward Tim O’Brien (ankle) is in major doubt, but defender Jack Scrimshaw could return from an ankle injury of his own
  • The Hawks have won five of their last six matches at the SCG

Melbourne Demons

This week, the Demons play the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium on Sunday at 6.10 pm AEST

  • Melbourne won two matches in a row for the first time in over a year in Round 6 and 7
  • Christian Petracca has had at least 24 disposals in five of his six matches this season
  • Melbourne has won four of its last five against the Lions

North Melbourne Kangaroos

This week, the Kangaroos play the Carlton Blues at the Gabba on Saturday at 1.05 pm AEST

  • The Kangaroos have dropped five games in a row
  • Skipper Jack Ziebell (hamstring) is sidelined again
  • North Melbourne have not won since 2015 when missing Ben Cunnington, who is battling a back issue

Port Adelaide Power

This week, the Power play the St Kilda Saints at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday at 7.40 pm AEST

  • Robbie Gray’s goal after the siren gave the Power a thrilling three-point win over Carlton in Round 7
  • Port Adelaide sit on top of the ladder with six wins from seven matches in 2020
  • Charlie Dixon is the joint leader in the race for the Coleman Medal and has kicked 15 goals this year

Richmond Tigers

This week, the Tigers play the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Giants Stadium on Friday at 7.50 pm AEST

  • Richmond has won three matches in a row
  • The Tigers have lost their last four meetings against the Giants that were not played at the MCG
  • Josh Caddy (hamstring) will miss this match, but defender David Astbury (knee) could return

St Kilda Saints

This week, the Saints play the Port Adelaide Power at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday at 7.40 pm AEST

  • St Kilda has lost its last eight against the Power
  • The two sides met in China last year, Port Adelaide winning by 70 points
  • The Saints ended a 10-match winless run at the Adelaide Oval against the Crows on Monday

Sydney Swans

This week, the Swans play the Hawthorn Hawks at the SCG on Saturday at 3.35 pm AEST

  • The Swans have lost four matches in a row but could recall forward Sam Reid (calf) for this clash
  • Sydney has lost 13 of its last 19 matches at the SCG
  • John Longmire’s side had nine players under the age of 21 playing in Round 7

West Coast Eagles

This week, the Eagles play the Collingwood Magpies at Optus Stadium on Sunday at 3.35 pm AEST

  • West Coast has won three matches in a row after a sluggish start to the season
  • The Eagles famously beat the Magpies by five points in the 2018 AFL Grand Final
  • Captain Luke Shuey (hamstring) could return for this clash

Western Bulldogs

This week, the Bulldogs play the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium on Thursday at 7.40 pm AEST

  • The Bulldogs have won four of their last five matches
  • Young ruckman Tim English starred in a seven-goal win over Essendon in Round 7
  • The last two meetings between the Bulldogs and Suns have been decided by nine points or less