THE 2020 Toyota AFL Finals Series kicks off on Thursday, October and the eight contenders for the flag are primed for the final month of the season. 

Our experts predict the ins and outs for all four games in week one. Did we get it right? Check out our teams below. 

Thursday, October 1


Port Adelaide v Geelong, Adelaide Oval, 7.10pm ACST (7.40pm AEST)

Port Adelaide

B: Trent McKenzie, Tom Jonas, Dan Houston
Darcy Byrne-Jones, Tom Clurey, Ryan Burton
Karl Amon, Tom Rockliff, Xavier Duursma
Steven Motlop, Charlie Dixon, Sam Powell-Pepper
Robbie Gray, Peter Ladhams, Brad Ebert
Scott Lycett, Ollie Wines, Travis Boak
Todd Marshall, Hamish Hartlett, Connor Rozee, Zak Butters
Boyd Woodcock, Riley Bonner, Mitch Georgiades, Jarrod Lienert 

In: Zak Butters, Tom Clurey, Ryan Burton
Out: Jarrod Lienert, Boyd Woodcock, Riley Bonner 


NOTES: Port Adelaide has some handy inclusions. Butters returns from suspension, Clurey is back from a hamstring problem, while Burton should return following a quad issue. All are guaranteed starters against Geelong. There are also three like-for-like replacements. Woodcock goes out for Butters, Lienert makes way for Clurey, while Bonner should be the man to step aside for Burton. Georgiades should be fit following a hamstring issue, but might still be on the fringes of a fully-fit Power outfit. - Riley Beveridge

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Smooth as Butters: Lycett serves it on a platter

One of the set plays of the year seals it for Port Adelaide

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B: Jed Bews, Lachie Henderson, Jake Kolodjashnij
HB: Tom Stewart, Harry Taylor, Mark O'Connor
C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Sam Menegola
HF: Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Hawkins, Gryan Miers
F: Gary Ablett, Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Rohan
Foll: Rhys Stanley, Cam Guthrie, Brandan Parfitt
I/C: Mark Blicavs, Zach Tuohy, Jack Henry, Tom Atkins
Emerg: Esava Ratugolea, Jordan Clark, Brad Close, Jack Steven 

In: Rhys Stanley, Tom Atkins
Out: Esava Ratugolea, Jack Steven (omitted)


NOTES: Should Stanley be passed fit from an ongoing groin injury, expect him to replace Ratugolea and ruck in tandem with Blicavs. The need for extra forward pressure should see Atkins recalled after he was managed for round 18 in place of Steven who looked underdone against the Swans. Close may be considered but it's a hard forward line to break into. - Mitch Cleary

Geelong's Rhys Stanley rucks against Port Adelaide's Scott Lycett in round 12. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

Friday, October 2


Brisbane v Richmond, Gabba, 7.50pm AEST


B: Brandon Starcevich, Harris Andrews, Noah Answerth
HB: Grant Birchall, Darcy Gardiner, Daniel Rich
C: Hugh McCluggage, Jarrod Berry, Mitch Robinson
HF: Dayne Zorko, Dan McStay, Cam Rayner
F: Oscar McInerney, Eric Hipwood, Charlie Cameron
Foll: Stefan Martin, Lachie Neale, Jarryd Lyons
I/C: Ryan Lester, Zac Bailey, Callum Ah Chee, Lincoln McCarthy
Emerg: Jack Payne, Mitch Hinge, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Keidean Coleman

In: Harris Andrews, Noah Answerth, Jarrod Berry
Out: Jack Payne (omitted), Cam Ellis-Yolmen (omitted), Keidean Coleman (omitted)

UNAVAILABLE: Marcus Adams (foot) 

NOTES: Andrews will have to get through training in the next few days to prove he's over his hamstring injury, while Berry (shoulder) is assured of playing. The tough decision comes with whether to reinstate Answerth in defence, who was managed in the final round, or stay with pressure forward Coleman, which would force in-form Ah Chee to switch from defence to the forward line. There's no wrong answer, but countering Richmond's fleet-footed forwards is critical to defeating them and could give Answerth the nod. - Michael Whiting

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Bursting Berry slices through the traffic

Brisbane gun Jarrod Berry pounces on some sloppy defending and extends the Lions' lead

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B: Dylan Grimes, David Astbury, Noah Balta
HB: Bachar Houli, Nick Vlastuin, Liam Baker
C: Kamdyn McIntosh, Jack Graham, Marlion Pickett
HF: Jake Aarts, Shane Edwards, Dustin Martin
F: Mabior Chol, Jack Riewoldt, Daniel Rioli
Foll: Toby Nankervis, Trent Cotchin, Shai Bolton
I/C: Jayden Short, Dion Prestia, Kane Lambert, Jason Castagna
Emerg: Josh Caddy, Oleg Markov, Jack Ross, Nathan Broad

In: Shai Bolton, Dion Prestia
Out: Josh Caddy, Jack Ross

UNAVAILABLE: Tom Lynch (hamstring), Ivan Soldo (knee), Sydney Stack (suspension), Callum Coleman-Jones (suspension)

NOTES: With Lynch being ruled out of a return, Chol keeps his place as the second tall/back-up ruck. Prestia is in the frame after he was finally declared fit from his ankle injury, which means Ross is the unlucky one. Rioli, Castagna and Aarts combined well at the right time of year against Adelaide, forcing Caddy out for Bolton. - Sarah Black

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Shai step and snap just pure genius

Improving Tiger Shai Bolton showcases some exquisite skill to notch this stunning goal

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Saturday, October 3


St Kilda v Western Bulldogs, Gabba, 4.40pm AEST

St Kilda

B: Callum Wilkie, Dougal Howard, Ben Paton
HB: Nick Coffield, Jake Carlisle, Ben Long
C: Bradley Hill, Seb Ross, Hunter Clark
HF: Jack Billings, Tim Membrey, Jack Sinclair 
F: Rowan Marshall, Max King, Dan Butler
Foll: Paddy Ryder, Jack Steele, Zak Jones
I/C: Dan Hannebery, Jarryn Geary, Jack Lonie, Josh Battle
Emerg: Dean Kent, Nick Hind, Jonathon Marsh, Dylan Roberton

In: Zak Jones
Out: Dean Kent (omitted)

UNAVAILABLE: Jade Gresham (back) 

NOTES: Should Lonie be passed fit with bone bruising to his knee, the biggest selection headache will come down to who falls out for Jones. Flip a coin between Kent or Sinclair, with the latter being selected purely because he's had more impact in the last month. Carlisle will be needed for his experience against the Dogs' tall timber. - Mitch Cleary

St Kilda's Zak Jones gets a kick away against Sydney in round nine, 2020. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

Western Bulldogs

B: Zaine Cordy, Alex Keath, Caleb Daniel
HB: Hayden Crozier, Ryan Gardner, Easton Wood
C: Lachie Hunter, Josh Dunkley, Bailey Smith
HF: Ed Richards, Josh Bruce, Patrick Lipinski
F: Mitch Wallis, Aaron Naughton, Marcus Bontempelli
Foll: Tim English, Jack Macrae, Tom Liberatore
I/C: Taylor Duryea, Jason Johannisen, Bailey Williams, Laitham Vandermeer
Emerg: Roarke Smith, Jordon Sweet, Matt Suckling, Lewis Young

In: Laitham Vandermeer
Out: Roarke Smith (omitted) 

UNAVAILABLE: Toby McLean (knee), Lin Jong (ankle), Rhylee West (groin), Josh Schache (Achilles), Cody Weightman (ankle)

NOTES: There will be nervous waits for Laitham Vandermeer, Mitch Wallis and Aaron Naughton who all need to pass fitness tests to be ready for the elimination final. Roarke Smith has been handy across the wing and half-back line, but he and Patrick Lipinski seem like the two that might be expendable if Vandermeer or Matt Suckling get brought back in. - Jourdan Canil

Bulldog Laitham Vandermeer in action against Brisbane in round 11, 2020. Picture: Getty Image/AFL Photos


West Coast v Collingwood, Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST (8.10pm AEST)

West Coast

B: Jackson Nelson, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard
HB: Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Liam Duggan
C: Andrew Gaff, Dom Sheed, Jake Waterman
HF: Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling, Brendon Ah Chee
F: Liam Ryan, Josh Kennedy, Oscar Allen
Foll: Nic Naitanui, Tim Kelly, Luke Shuey
I/C: Jack Redden, Tom Cole, Lewis Jetta, Mark Hutchings
Emerg: Josh Rotham, Bailey Williams, Brayden Ainsworth, Jack Petruccelle

In: Jeremy McGovern, Lewis Jetta, Luke Shuey, Jack Redden, Jamie Cripps, Mark Hutchings
Out: Will Schofield, Josh Rotham, Jack Petruccelle, Luke Foley, Bailey Williams, Brayden Ainsworth (omitted)

UNAVAILABLE: Elliot Yeo (groin)

NOTES: Provided he's overcome his hamstring, McGovern will be one of four locks to return alongside Shuey, Redden and Cripps. They'll most likely replace Schofield, Foley, Williams and Petruccelle. Hutchings and Jetta are also pushing their case and if fit, their finals experience could be important to replace Ainsworth and Rotham. - Mitch Cleary

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McGovern hangs for an eternity, some screamer

Jeremy McGovern hauls in a huge speccy that will surely go down as a contender for Mark of the Year

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B: Jack Crisp, Jordan Roughead, Jack Madgen
Brayden Maynard, Darcy Moore, Isaac Quaynor
Chris Mayne, Jamie Elliott, Josh Daicos
Will Hoskin-Elliott, Brody Mihocek, Tyler Brown
Jaidyn Stephenson, Mason Cox, Jordan De Goey
Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Scott Pendlebury
Callum Brown, Adam Treloar, John Noble, Josh Thomas
Brayden Sier, Ben Reid, Travis Varcoe, Levi Greenwood 

In: Chris Mayne, Callum Brown
Out: Levi Greenwood, Travis Varcoe 

UNAVAILABLE: Jeremy Howe (knee), Will Kelly (elbow), Tom Phillips (hamstring), Steele Sidebottom (personal)

NOTES: Collingwood will hope Mayne recovers from a fractured cheekbone. He should play if fit, given his importance on a wing. The loss of Sidebottom for the rest of the season due to logistical reasons means the Pies lack some class on the ball. Could that mean a recall for Brown? Greenwood and Varcoe are experienced and would be stiff to lose their spots, but are probably most at risk. Expect Madgen to play against a tall West Coast forward line. - Riley Beveridge

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Sons of guns combine for one

Collingwood youngsters Callum Brown and Josh Daicos conjure a delightful goal

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