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The Surprise Premiership Contenders In 2020
If there's one thing the 2020 season has proven so far, it's destined to be a campaign where anything is possible and any team could come from nowhere and win the flag.
A number of surprise packages have staked their claims as potential premiership contenders in the opening four rounds.
The Eagles, Tigers and Giants, who many had dubbed the chief flag favourites, are yet to hit their blistering form from a year ago. And Collingwood's season now under threat after star defender Jeremy Howe's knee injury vice-captain Steele Sidebottom's suspension.
It could open the door for a more unproven club to emerge from the smoke, put their best foot forward and win it all. These are the teams that could be surprise premiership contenders in 2020.
Port Adelaide Power
Before the 2020 season started, if you were to look at the AFL Ladder after Round 4 and see Port Adelaide sitting on top of the ladder undefeated, you'd have laughed it off. But here we are.
The Power have been in scintillating form through the first four rounds and are looming as a serious threat to the four teams many had on their list as run-away premiership contenders in 2020. When all guns are blazing, the Power play a quick and exciting brand of football they scan score quickly. They are looking like a team right now that is capable of anything and are daring to dream that 2020 could be their year.
How quickly everyone forgot about the Lions despite their meteoric rise last year. This is a team finished second on the ladder in 2019 before going out in straight sets to the eventual grand finalists. With the disappointment of 2019 now behind them, these Lions are young, hungry, full of talent and ready to go again.
The team is back to playing their renowned attacking brand of football and just like last year, are proving that they have all the tools to challenge in September. Having the early Brownlow Medal favourite Lachie Neale running amuck helps too. For all the latest 2020 AFL season betting odds, visit OLBG.com.
Led by the mastermind coach that is Alastair Clarkson, Hawthorn will are should always be considered a threat to make the big dance and win it all. The Hawks have begun the 2020 season in impressive fashion at 3-1 and have taken two huge scalps in Brisbane and the reigning premiers Richmond.
With the premiership experience of players such as Shaun Burgoyne, Jack Gunston and Luke Breust the resurgence of Chad Wingard and the return of Brownlow medalist Tom Mitchell and the development of their youngsters, the Hawks are every chance to give the 2020 premiership race a serious shake.
St Kilda Saints
After a huge off-season that saw the Saints recruit a number of guns to push this young group to another level, they have validated their finals chances. But they couldn't go all the way, could they? If any year something bizarre like it could happen, it's 2020.
Under new coach Brett Ratten and the leadership of new recruits such as Bradley Hill and Zak Jones, the Saints have bought into a new system and are playing some of the best and exciting attacking football in the game right now. The Saints defeated the Blues by 18-points to begin round 5 on Thursday night and are proving to be a very damaging team on both sides of the ball. If the Saints are able to continue on with their good early form, they will dare to believe that 2020 could just be their year.
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