Where and when: Jiangwan Stadium, Sunday June 2, 12.20pm AWST
Last time they met: Adelaide Oval, round 16, 2018: Port Adelaide 12.14 (86) beat St Kilda 7.8 (50)
This was the win that took the Power to an 11-4 record last year and into the top-four. They would win one more game and miss finals. Charlie Dixon bagged four goals and Chad Wingard was outstanding – neither will feature this time, with the former nursing a long-term right leg injury and the latter now at Hawthorn.
What it means for Port Adelaide: The Power have a reputation as being inconsistent, and that continued after a disappointing showing in the round 10 loss to the Hawks. They will be desperate to shed that tag.
What it means for St Kilda: At 5-5, the Saints are in finals contention. Their relatively meagre percentage of 91.7 means they will probably need one more win than whichever side finishes ninth to feature in September, and victory over 10th-placed Port would help achieve that ambition.
How Port Adelaide wins: Having twice played in China already means most of the squad knows what to expect, in terms of the travel, conditions and the ground’s specifics.
How St Kilda wins: Port Adelaide can be a little up-and-down on a week-to-week basis, whereas the Saints have been pretty honest all year. Keep that up and they will be in with a fair chance.
The stat: After a slow start to his time at St Kilda, speedy forward Dean Kent is equal-ninth in the competition for total goal assists with 10. That’s even more impressive considering the club enters round 11 fourth-last for scoring.
The match-up: Travis Boak v Jack Steele
St Kilda coach Alan Richardson sends his gun stopper Steele, ranked No.63 in the Official AFL Player Ratings, to someone every week and rejuvenated Port onballer Boak can expect plenty of attention after outstanding form so far this season. the former Port skipper is at No. 52 in the Player Ratings.
It’s a big week for: Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
Supremely talented, the 21-year-old needs to show he can back up impressive games for him to become a top-flight onballer. He showed what he can do with a superb outing in the win over Carlton last week, and to produce at a similar level would be a sign of development.
Father Dougal’s Tip: With the Saints struck down by illness, the Power by 10 points.
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