JOE DANIHER won't have to wait long to play at the SCG in 2020, with the AFL scheduling an early Sydney-Essendon showdown under Friday night lights.

THE FULL R1 FIXTURE Blockbuster opener for 2020, brutal closer understands the Bombers will travel north to tackle the Swans in round two on Friday, March 27.  

Joe Daniher takes a big contested mark in the 2017 elimination final. Picture: AFL Photos

Daniher expected to be wearing red and white in 2020, but a failed trade request will force him back to the Bombers in a season where he'll become a restricted free agent.

The Swans courted Daniher in the back half of 2019 but were unable to facilitate a trade with the Bombers to lure him out of Tullamarine.

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Should the 25-year-old overcome his ongoing groin troubles, it will be his first game against the Swans since the Bombers' 65-point elimination final loss at the SCG in 2017.

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The Bombers have failed to win at the SCG in their last seven attempts, dating back to 2009. 

In round eight last year, the Swans escaped with a controversial five-point win over the Bombers. Co-captain Dane Rampe was fined post-match for climbing a goalpost in the dying stages.

Daniher has played five games against Sydney in his 104-game career for just six majors.