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Match preview v Port Adelaide

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Fremantle defeated Port Adelaide by nine points the last time they met in round 17 of 2018

Where and when: Optus Stadium, Saturday 15 June, 2.35pm

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What it means for Fremantle: The Dockers belief is growing after nailbiting wins over Brisbane and Collingwood before their bye, and taking care of business at home against a top-eight rival will boost their September chances.

What it means for Port Adelaide: Port has been inconsistent all season and hasn't won consecutive games since rounds five and six. Backing up their win in Shanghai with a second victory in Perth for 2019 would give them some breathing space inside the eight.

The stat: The last six clashes between these sides have been won by the home team, with Port averaging 69-point victories in three games at Adelaide Oval and Freo averaging 11-point triumphs in their three home games.

The match-up: Nat Fyfe v Travis Boak

 Former Power captain Boak has been in good form since switching back to midfield this season, climbing 31 spots to 49th overall in the Official AFL Player Ratings. If he can impact the game more than Fyfe (No.2 overall) it will boost Port Adelaide’s chances of another win in the west.

It’s a big week for: Sean Darcy

He needs to prove his fitness first after an ankle issue but assuming Darcy is cleared to replace Rory Lobb (foot) in the ruck, the young Dockers ruckman needs to have an impact at stoppages and around the ground against Scott Lycett and Paddy Ryder in what would be his first game since round two.

Big call: Running machine Bradley Hill to collect a season-high 35 disposals – 10 in the final term – to drag Fremantle to their seventh victory for the year.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs