AFL releases fixtures for Rounds 7 and 8

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Reigning premiers Richmond are locked in for two Friday night blockbusters at the MCG, with the AFL unveiling the schedule for Rounds 7 and 8.

The Tigers will face fellow premiership fancies the Western Bulldogs, before their grand-final rematch with Geelong in the second of back-to-back prime-time games at their home fortress.

Richmond were victorious in both games against Geelong in the Queensland hub last year, and the teams last played each other at the MCG in the 2019 preliminary final, which the Tigers won by 19 points.

After six-straight Thursday night games to kick-start the season, the AFL has reverted to a traditional Friday night match to open the weekend.

All match-ups have been locked in for the season, but the AFL will operate on a rolling fixture to deal with COVID-19 complications and to ensure big games are slotted in the best timeslots.

"A flexible fixturing approach has provided us with an opportunity to optimise our scheduling of primetime slots in each round," AFL broadcasting manager Travis Auld said.

"The clubs featured in the next block have been strongly influenced by their form in the early part of the season."

The AFL will release the schedule for Rounds 9 and 10 in two weeks.

Round 8

Friday, April 30

Richmond vs. Western Bulldogs, MCG

Saturday, May 1

Collingwood vs. Gold Coast Suns, MCG

Adelaide vs. GWS Giants, Adelaide Oval

St Kilda vs. Hawthorn, Marvel Stadium

Sydney Swans vs. Geelong Cats, SCG

Brisbane Lions vs. Port Adelaide, Gabba

Sunday, May 2

North Melbourne vs. Melbourne, Blundstone Arena

Essendon vs. Carlton, MCG

West Coast Eagles vs. Fremantle, Optus Stadium

Round 8

Friday, May 7

Richmond vs. Geelong Cats, MCG

Saturday, May 8

GWS Giants vs. Essendon, GIANTS Stadium

Gold Coast Suns vs. St Kilda, Metricon Stadium

North Melbourne vs. Collingwood, Marvel Stadium

Melbourne vs. Sydney Swans, MCG

Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide, Adelaide Oval

Sunday, May 9

Hawthorn vs. West Coast, MCG

Western Bulldogs vs. Carlton, Marvel Stadium

Fremantle vs. Brisbane Lions, Optus Stadium