AFL 2022: Matthew Lloyd season prediction, Essendon news, Brisbane Lions, Geelong Cats

Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd is shaking his head about the bold pre-season prediction that has already turned “ugly” for him.

Footy legend Matthew Lloyd has been badly let down by Essendon, Richmond Port Adelaide, GWS — and himself.

The 44-year-old has been left shaking his head when asked to re-visit his pre-season predictions about how the ladder will look at the end of 23 rounds.

He has told 3AW his predictions for the lower half of the top eight are already looking ugly.

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He tipped the Bombers, Tigers, Power and Giants to all be playing finals football. Now he’s putting a line through them.

He said before Round 1, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Western Bulldogs would finish in the top four.

“I’m very happy with my top four, but very embarrassed with five, six, seven and eight,” Lloyd said.

“I don’t think any of them are going to make it.

“I had Melbourne on top, happy with that, Brisbane second, I had the Bulldogs third, and I’m not going to give up on them, I had the Swans fourth, and I’m happy with that.

“But this is where it turns ugly for me. I had Port Adelaide fifth, that is over. I had the Giants sixth, mostly like over. I had the Bombers at seventh, in big trouble and I had Richmond at eighth.

“So the four sides flying that I didn’t have in there are St Kilda, Carlton, the Dockers and then the Cats.

“So they’re the four that are going better than those other sides that I had in there.”

Matthew Lloyd’s pre-season ladder prediction

1. Melbourne

2. Brisbane

3. Western Bulldogs

4. Sydney

5. Port Adelaide

6. GWS

7. Essendon

8. Richmond

Matthew Lloyd’s new ladder prediction

1. Melbourne

2. Brisbane

3. Western Bulldogs

4. Sydney

5. St Kilda

6. Carlton

7. Fremantle

8. Geelong

Lloyd said Geelong are among his biggest regrets about where he saw them finishing in 2022.

“I just didn’t know where the improvement was going to come from. I thought other clubs could have more growth with them with being able to access the draft,” he said.

“I’m big on improvement from 50 to 120-game players that can catapult them. All those guys at Melbourne all just shot up together.

“I thought to myself ‘who is going to improve Geelong and how can their top-end players keep doing it?’.

“That’s where Richmond is falling off the cliff. Not enough young talent coming through and their top-enders aren’t going as well.

“That’s potentially what I thought would happen at Geelong, but we’ll see how they go this year.”

Meanwhile, North Melbourne great David King has singled out the Lions and Bulldogs as two clubs that are beginning to look like serious players in the finals this year.

The Fox Footy analyst said on SEN Breakfast: If you’re a gambling man, the price on Brisbane is wrong.

“I think they’re really going to come home with a run. They have a really good senior core right now. They’ve got all bases covered on the field. The (Dayne) Zorko move to halfback has been the No. 1 move in the game this year. What he’s been able to do, he’s all-Australian right now.”

Originally published as Footy legend Matthew Lloyd ‘embarrassed’ by season prediction

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