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Easiest to hardest: Champion Data ranks 2019 fixture

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Collingwood faces a titanic task to make it back to the Grand Final next year, according to Champion Data's difficult rating of the 2019 fixture. 

The AFL's official number cruncher believes the Magpies have the toughest draw of all teams, ahead of Hawthorn, North Melbourne, West Coast and Melbourne.

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The Magpies had the easiest draw in 2018.

2017 minor premier Adelaide, which slid to 12th this past season, could be set for a major bounce back. 

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Only St Kilda was considered to have a simpler draw than the Crows.

Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Western Bulldogs have the next-easiest draws on the Champion Data formula. 

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As shown below, the teams were ranked in four categories with the the top-four teams highlighted in red, teams in fifth to eighth in pink, ninth to 14th in white, and 15th to 18th in green.

The colours are based on points differential from last season and were then averaged according to their opponents in the 2019 fixture.

 

Fixture breakdown

Plays twice

Games against
top four
Games against
bottom four
Six-day
breaks
Five-day
breaks
Interstate
'away' trips
Adelaide Cats, Suns, Saints
Power, Eagles
5 6 6 1 10
Brisbane Hawks, Roos, Power,
Dogs, Suns
4 4 4 1 10
Carlton Tigers, Swans, Dogs,
Saints, Suns
5 5 4 0 6
Collingwood Tigers, Dees, Eagles,
Dons, Dogs
6 4 8 0 5
Essendon Pies, Giants, Roos,
Swans, Freo
5 4 7 1 6
Fremantle Eagles, Power, Dons,
Dogs, Saints
5 5 6 0 10
Geelong Hawks, Roos, Swans,
Crows, Dogs
4 4 5 1 6
Gold Coast Giants, Crows, Lions,
Saints, Blues
4 6 3 0 10
GWS Dons, Suns, Hawks,
Tigers, Swans
5 5 4 0 10
Hawthorn Eagles, Cats, Giants,
Roos, Lions
5 5 6 0 5
Melbourne Tigers, Eagles, Pies,
Swans, Saints
6 5 6 1 (four days) 5
North Melbourne Cats, Hawks, Power,
Dons, Lions
4 5 6 0 5
Port Adelaide Tigers, Roos, Crows,
Lions, Freo
5 5 3 0 11*
Richmond Dees, Pies, Giants,
Power, Blues
5 5 6 1 (four days) 5
St Kilda Dees, Crows, Freo,
Suns, Blues
5 5 5 0 6*
Sydney Blues, Dons, Cats,
Giants, Dees
5 5 5 1 10
West Coast Dees, Pies, Hawks,
Crows, Freo
5 4 5 0 10
Western Bulldogs Pies, Cats, Freo,
Lions, Blues
5 6 3 1 5

* St Kilda's 'home' match against Port Adelaide at Jiangwan Stadium in China has been counted for both clubs

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs