GEELONG will return to the MCG on Friday night to face West Coast in a cut-throat semi-final as the Toyota AFL Finals Series continues next week.

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The Cats, who lost to Collingwood on Friday night, will be looking to avoid being the first minor premiers to bow out in straight sets since the top eight was introduced in 1994.

The Eagles, who have won five of their past six at the 'G, enter the clash as favourites after comfortably accounting for Essendon on Thursday night.

The AFL also released the fixture for week three of the finals with the MCG to host both preliminary finals.

Richmond will host the winner of the Cats-Eagles clash on Friday night, while Collingwood will face either the Lions or Giants on Saturday.

Week 2 Toyota AFL Finals Series

Friday, September 13

First semi-final 
Geelong v West Coast at the MCG, 7.50pm AEST 

Saturday, September 14

Second semi-final 
Brisbane v Greater Western Sydney at the Gabba, 7.25pm AEST 

Week 3 Toyota AFL Finals Series

Friday, September 20

Second preliminary final
Richmond v Geelong or West Coast at the MCG, 7.50pm AEST 

Saturday, September 21

First preliminary final 
Collingwood v Brisbane or Greater Western Sydney at the MCG, start time TBC 

In the weekend's other semi-final, Brisbane will host Greater Western Sydney at the Gabba on Saturday night.

The Lions failed to secure a home preliminary final when they fell to Richmond in Saturday night's qualifying final.

They come up against a rampaging Giants side, who destroyed the Western Bulldogs by 58 points.

In next week's two semi-final matches, all teams will have at least a seven-day break going into their next game, with Geelong to host the first semi-final against West Coast as a Friday night game on September 13, and Brisbane to host the second semi-final against the Giants on Saturday September 14.

The following week’s preliminary final matches will also see all teams have at least a seven-day break leading into those games.