WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Sunday, July 15, 2.40pm AWST
Port Adelaide has climbed into fourth spot on the ladder after comfortably securing a fifth consecutive victory over St Kilda last round and, with four of the last six games at Adelaide Oval, Ken Hinkley’s men will be eyeing a top-two finish. But first they will have to get the job done against an understrength Fremantle outfit which was fortunate to walk away with only a 54-point loss to a wasteful Melbourne in Darwin. The Dockers sorely missed giant ruckman Aaron Sandilands (calf) and superstar Nat Fyfe (hamstring) around clearances, and the challenge doesn’t get any easier against Paddy Ryder and the Power’s big-bodied midfield. After a shocking loss to Brisbane last start at Optus Stadium, Ross Lyon’s rebuilding outfit will be keen to produce a better showing at home, where they have generally played with greater confidence, faster ball movement and shown an ability to kick a winning score.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R1, 2018, Port Adelaide 16.14 (110) d Fremantle 9.6 (60) at Adelaide Oval
R2, 2017, Port Adelaide 22.13 (145) d Fremantle 8.8 (56) at Adelaide Oval
R13, 2016, Fremantle 12.14 (86) d Port Adelaide 9.15 (69) at Subiaco Oval
R23, 2015, Port Adelaide 18.14 (122) d Fremantle 8.5 (53) at Adelaide Oval
R1, 2015, Fremantle 11.9 (75) d Port Adelaide 10.8 (68) at Subiaco Oval
Hutta’s Tip: Port Adelaide by 30 points
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