After beginning their 2012 campaigns with wins, both Fremantle and the Brisbane Lions had a reality check last week and are searching for win number two. Live scores from 4.40pm AEST.
The Dockers have impressed under new mentor Ross Lyon and return to the home venue where they disposed of reigning premiers Geelong two weeks ago.
They get David Mundy back after a long stint on the sidelines, while Michael Barlow may be ready for performing more than just substitute duties.
The Lions, however, have an even bigger name returning – Jonathan Brown – and have made a host of changes.
One to keep an eye on will be debutant Billy Longer, the aptly-named ruckman who went top ten in last year’s draft.
The Freo forward line is a bit difficult to read at the moment, with guys like Matthew Pavlich, Kepler Bradley, John Anthony and Zac Clarke all crammed in there last week. Anthony has been omitted, so can the other three form a strong partnership?
Aaron Sandilands is coming off a performance of 53 hit-outs, while Barlow is set to be more involved. This doesn’t bode well for the Lions, who will be without the still-impressive Simon Black.
That said, the Lions do have midfield guns on their own. It will be up to the likes of Daniel Rich (27 touches last week), Jack Redden (26) and Tom Rockliff (40 touches for the season) to turn things around.
In the Brisbane forward line, all eyes will be on Brown. Can he deliver? Will he alter his playing style at all? Will Freo’s key defenders contain him?