Port Out To End Dockers Hoodoo

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Chad Wingard will look to continue his rich vain of form. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au/Sarah Reed/News Limited

Port Adelaide v Fremantle
Adelaide Oval
Saturday May 10, 2.40pm (AEST)

Port Adelaide: LWWWW
Fremantle: LWLLW

Port Adelaide face one of their toughest tasks of the season when they host their bogey side Fremantle on Saturday afternoon.

Port head into this clash coming off a 35-point win over GWS, but they must overcome a Fremantle side they haven’t beaten in six matches. Second-placed Power are one of the in-form teams at the moment, with their only loss coming at the hands of North Melbourne in Round 3. Their attacking line has been clinical this season, spearheaded by forward Jay Schulz - who is now favourite to take out this year’s Coleman Medal. Hamish Hartlett and Alipate Carlile will both return to the line-up after missing last weekend's win over GWS with gastro. Ben Newton and Paul Stewart, who were late inclusions against the Giants, are expected to make way.

It will be an interesting match-up for Port as they come up against one of the best defences in the AFL. The Dockers won last weekend’s “battle in the west” against West Coast and have conceded just 502 points all season, the third best in the competition. Coach Ross Lyon will be stressing on the fitness of Luke McPharlin and Zac Dawson heading into Saturday’s clash. Defender Alex Silvagni will be the likely replacement if either of those players are ruled out.

With both sides sitting in the top six, this match presents itself as a perfect opportunity for the clubs to further stake their claims as genuine title contenders. Port have won all their matches at home this season, and if Ken Hinkley's men continue that record, they'll break a six match losing streak (against Freo) in the process. 

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