Geelong has drawn a brutal beginning to the 2019 season.
The Cats take on Collingwood, Melbourne, Adelaide (away), GWS, Hawthorn, West Coast and Essendon to get their campaign underway.
Australian football Hall of Famer Terry Wallace believes the Cats’ season could be completely defined by their three home games at GMHBA Stadium against quality opposition early in the season.
“Their home games, where they usually have a few soft kills, they’ve got Melbourne, GWS and West Coast,” Wallace told SEN Afternoons.
“To me, that’ll define their season. If they get to Round 7 and they’re four wins, they’ll play finals.
“If they’re three wins, I think they’ll probably still play finals. If they’re any less than three wins, they’re in all sorts of trouble.
“We will know by Round 7 where this team’s totally at.
“After Round 7, their next month is really kind, but they’ve got to get to Round 7 in some sort of shape.”
After Round 7, the Cats play North Melbourne, the Bulldogs and Gold Coast, before taking on Sydney, Richmond, Port Adelaide (away) and Adelaide again.
Champion Data rated Geelong’s fixture as the 12th hardest in the pre-season, likely based on them playing Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and the Bulldogs twice in 2019.