Only four teams have a chance to win the 2022 AFL premiership after Melbourne and Fremantle were knocked out by Brisbane and Collingwood respectively in week two of the final series.
With Geelong hosting Brisbane and Sydney hosting Collingwood in next weekend’s preliminary finals, AFL great Matthew Lloyd picked the three teams from the four remaining that he can see lift the cup.
While the Cats and Swans are the two favorites, Lloyd can now also see the Magpies win it all, but believes the mountain may be too high for the Lions to climb.
“I think they (Collingwood) can win,” Lloyd continued Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they win the premiership now.
“I don’t think Brisbane can win it, but any of the other three wouldn’t surprise me if they win the flag.”
After finishing 17th last season, it took a lot of persuasion from Collingwood to prove Port Adelaide’s great Kane Cornes to be real contenders, but after their dominant semi-final victory over Fremantle, he’s now a believer too.
“I’ve been a slow burn,” Cornes said.
“I haven’t fully embraced their front line just with the staff they have there, they really don’t have a major target in their front line, not many have won it without a key player in their forward 50.
“But they’re so even, they don’t rely on one player, so maybe that’s been a strength of theirs.
“I think they can win it too, but having said that I still think Sydney starts the red hot favorites and rightly so.
“They are a very dangerous proposition at the SCG and Collingwood glimpsed that a few weeks ago.
“It’s still Geelong and Sydney up front and Collingwood third.”
Geelong will host Brisbane on the MCG on Friday night, while Sydney will host Collingwood on Saturday in the SCG in the week three preliminary finals.
The winners of those two matches will face each other in this year’s grand final on Saturday, September 24.
“I don’t think Brisbane can win it, but I think one of the other three” [teams] I wouldn’t be surprised if they win the flag.”
— Footy on Nine (@FootyonNine) September 11, 2022