Greater Western Sydney will be confronted by a seething cauldron of yellow and black when they take on Richmond at the MCG.
Sydney AFL defender Alex Johnson will make his long awaited comeback tomorrow, after recovering from a fifth knee reconstruction which has prevented him playing a senior game for 1736 days.
Sydney ruckman Kurt Tippett has been dropped and Western Bulldogs key forward Travis Cloke recalled for tonight's clash between last year's Grand Finalists at the SCG.
Bolstering their faint finals hopes with four precious points - rather than getting grand final revenge - will be Sydney's major motivation against the Western Bulldogs tomorrow night.
GWS Giants debutant Tim Taranto has been given a licence to unleash himself on the AFL after learning he will be blooded in the first-round match against the Crows in Adelaide on Sunday.
The injury-hit Crows will face a similarly-depleted Greater Western Sydney outfit to kick off their season, with five senior Giants players unavailable for the Round One clash.