AFL 2023 round 20 LIVE updates: Essendon with a late change for Sydney clash; Crows, Power showdown

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Late change for Bombers

Essendon have made a late change for their clash with Sydney.

Will Snelling it out, replaced by Alwyn Davey Jnr.


  • Will Snelling for Essendon
  • Ryan Clarke for Sydney

Listen: Real Footy podcast

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Caroline Wilson, Michael Gleeson and Peter Ryan discuss Richmond’s extraordinary comeback over Hawthorn and Andrew McQualter’s chances of landing the coaching job on a permanent basis.

Richmond will go through a process to select their next permanent senior coach. But with only two losses since he took charge, and the real chance he would leave the club if he doesn’t get the role full time, McQualter’s performance is making it tough for the club to look past him.

The Dreamtime game loss to Essendon may prove very costly to the Tigers’ finals hopes, and we take a look at some of the teams in or close to the bottom of the eight and their chances of featuring in September.

The race for the eight: The run home for those in contention

Will it take 12, 12½ or 13 wins to make the top eight this season?

Fifteen of the 18 AFL clubs remain in finals contention, with Collingwood, Port Adelaide, Brisbane Lions and Melbourne in strong positions to secure a top-four spot – and the double chance.

Christian Petracca’s Demons will try to lock in a top-four berth in the weeks ahead.Credit: AFL Photos

But there are only six points separating the fifth-placed Bulldogs from the 12th-ranked Swans, so we are primed for a compelling finish.

We will analyse the run home for the finals contenders every week from here, with Hawthorn, North Melbourne and West Coast already out of the running. Fremantle are close to joining them.

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Hello and welcome to tonight’s AFL live blog as Essendon hosts the Sydney Swans at Marvel Stadium.

It’s already been a big day of footy with Fremantle causing at upset with a win over Geelong, GWS getting it down over the Western Bulldogs and – as time as writing – Gold Coast holding a 2-point lead over Brisbane.

Now, we turn our attention to Bombers, Swans, kicking off in just under an hour.

Please feel free to leave a comment at any time.

First bounce is set for 7.25pm AEST.

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