The AFL games we can't wait to watch after fixture release

Footy is (almost) back! The AFL has announced its fixture for rounds 2-5, with some mouth-watering clashes in store for hungry fans.

The AFL is set to release the fixture for Rounds 6 and 7 at the conclusion of Round 3. Until then, here's the games from Rounds 2-5 we're most looking forward to.

ROUND 2

Thursday, June 11
Collingwood vs. Richmond, MCG, 7:40pm AEST

Friday, June 12
Geelong vs. Hawthorn, GMHBA Stadium, 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, June 13
Brisbane vs. Fremantle, Gabba, 1:45pm AEST
Carlton vs. Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm AEST
Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm ACST
Gold Coast vs. West Coast, Metricon Stadium, 7:40pm, 7:40pm

Sunday, June 14
GWS vs. North Melbourne, Giants Stadium, 1:05pm AEST
Sydney vs. Essendon, SCG, 3:35pm AEST
St Kilda vs. Western Bulldogs, Marvel Stadium, 6:05pm AEST

Niall Seewang: For me, the most exciting match here is Geelong hosting Hawthorn at GMHBA Stadium. We know the recent history between these two teams, but it's the first time the Hawks have played in Geelong in 14 years - how will they adapt?
Jake Michaels: Round 2 of the 2020 AFL season has more blockbusters than suburban Melbourne in 2005, but if there's one must-watch it simply has to be the Tigers and Pies on Thursday night. Strap yourself in and enjoy football's return with perhaps the sport's two best teams.

ROUND 3

Thursday, June 18
Richmond vs. Hawthorn, MCG, 7:40pm AEST

Friday, June 19
Western Bulldogs vs. GWS, Marvel Stadium, 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, June 20
North Melbourne vs. Sydney, Marvel Stadium, 1:45pm AEST
Collingwood vs. St Kilda, MCG, 4:35pm AEST
Geelong vs. Carlton, GMHBA Stadium, 7:40pm AEST
Brisbane vs. West Coast, Gabba, 7:40pm AEST

Sunday, June 21
Gold Coast vs. Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 1:05pm AEST
Essendon vs. Melbourne, MCG, 3:35pm AEST
Fremantle vs. Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 6:05pm AEST

Niall Seewang: The match of the round here looks like the Bulldogs vs. Giants on the Friday night. In a short space of time, these two clubs have developed a fierce rivalry. And could Callan Ward make his long-awaited return from an ACL injury against his old mob?
Jake Michaels: The clash between the Lions and Eagles already has me blocking out three hours on Saturday, June 20. Both clubs are expected to be in the hunt for the flag this year and I reckon we'll learn plenty about both after this game.

ROUND 4

Thursday, June 25
Sydney vs. Western Bulldogs, SCG, 7:40pm AEST

Friday, June 26
GWS vs. Collingwood, Giants Stadium, 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, June 27
Port Adelaide vs. West Coast, Metricon Stadium, 1:45pm AEST
St Kilda vs. Richmond, Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm AEST
Essendon vs. Carlton, MCG, 7:40pm AEST
Gold Coast vs. Fremantle, Metricon Stadium, 7:40pm AEST

Sunday, June 28
Brisbane vs. Adelaide, Gabba, 1:05pm AEST
Melbourne vs. Geelong, MCG, 3:35pm AEST
Hawthorn vs. North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 6:05pm AEST

Niall Seewang: The Friday night clash again looks the pick of the bunch here - who can forget last year's heartstopping prelim final between the Giants and Magpies? It'll be fascinating to see which one of these two teams appear best placed to go deep into September again.
Jake Michaels: I 100 percent agree with Niall. You won't find too many more pulsating games than last year's GWS and Collingwood clash. If we can get 70 percent of that in Round 3, it'll still be hard to top as the match of the round. Just thinking about all of that midfield quality is getting me excited!

ROUND 5

Thursday, July 2
West Coast vs. Richmond, Metricon Stadium, 7:40pm AEST

Friday, July 3
Collingwood vs. Essendon, MCG, 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, July 4
Carlton vs. St Kilda, MCG, 1:45pm AEST
Geelong vs. Gold Coast, GMHBA, 4:35pm AEST
Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 7:40pm AEST
Brisbane vs. Port Adelaide, The Gabba, 7:40pm AEST

Sunday, July 5
Adelaide vs. Fremantle, Metricon Stadium, 1:05pm AEST
Sydney vs. Melbourne, SCG, 3:35pm AEST
GWS vs. Hawthorn, Giants Stadium, 6:05pm AEST

Niall Seewang: How can you go past West Coast vs. Richmond on the Thursday night? Two teams that look locked and loaded for a premiership run playing in neutral territory.
Jake Michaels: Don't get me wrong, I love a Collingwood vs. Essendon fixture, but Thursday night's game is the one to watch here. It very well could be a Grand Final preview and I never thought I'd be saying that about a game played on the Gold Coast.