Ea­gles cop tough luck

Mercury (Hobart) - - AFL -

WEST Coast may have Tim Kelly, but it also has next year’s tough­est draw.

Cham­pion Data be­lieves the Ea­gles have been hit with the most chal­leng­ing fix­ture next sea­son, ahead of Hawthorn. The AFL’s of­fi­cial an­a­lyst has re­leased its draw dif­fi­culty lad­der, ranked from hard­est to eas­i­est, with Gold Coast the eye-rais­ing club in third de­spite claim­ing this year’s wooden spoon.

The ta­ble is based solely on each team’s per­cent­age at the end of the 2019 home-an­d­away sea­son and, as an ex­ten­sion, who plays who twice.

As harsh as it sounds, the Suns’ own­er­ship of the third­most dif­fi­cult draw in 2020 is ex­plained by the fact they can’t play them­selves.

The Ea­gles face dif­fi­cult dou­ble ups against top-six sides Rich­mond, Gee­long and Colling­wood. Fre­man­tle has the eas­i­est draw, with the Ea­gles the only top-line side the Dock­ers play twice.

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