It is enormous task for St Kilda travelling west this week to take on Fremantle. The Dockers are smarting from their first loss since round four and will most likely regain the services of Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands, Michael Barlow and David Mundy this week. The Saints are battling in 2013 and it is unlikely their former coach, Ross Lyon, will have any sympathy. Justin Koschitzke is in line for his 200th game this week but may be spared the trip to Perth so the Saints can celebrate the milestone against Carlton in Melbourne in round 16. Fremantle has conceded, on average, just 60-points per game at Patersons Stadium this year so the prospect of St Kilda's kicking a winning score is barely conceivable.
WHERE AND WHEN: Patersons Stadium, Sunday July 7, 1.20pm (AWST)
TV AND RADIO: Click here for the broadcast guide
LAST FIVE TIMES
R4, 2012: Fremantle 14.8 (92) d St Kilda 11.13 (79) at Etihad Stadium
R20, 2011: St Kilda 16.17 (113) d Fremantle 10.12 (72) at Etihad Stadium
R10, 2011: St Kilda 15.12 (102) d Fremantle 7.14 (56) at Patersons Stadium
R12, 2010: St Kilda 12.13 (85) d Fremantle 10.7 (67) at Patersons Stadium
R4, 2010: St Kilda 16.12 (108) d Fremantle 14.9 (93) at Etihad Stadium
THE SIX POINTS
1. The Dockers' victory in round four, 2012 ended the Saints eight game winning streak against Fremantle. Prior to 2012, the Dockers hadn’t beaten the Saints since round nine, 2007.
2. St Kilda’s recent history at Patersons Stadium is remarkable. The Saints have won five of their last six games in Perth.
3. Fremantle’s defence remains the best in 2013 conceding only 68-points per game. In contrast St Kilda is 14th conceding 95 points per game.
4. So far in 2013 at Patersons Stadium, Fremantle’s opposition is averaging only 60-points per game and three teams have finished with six goals or less.
5. Offensively not much separates the sides. Fremantle is 13th in the AFL, kicking an average score of 84 points per game. St Kilda is 14th, scoring 81 points per game on average.
6. Jack Steven is St Kilda's highest rated midfielder in the Official AFL Player Ratings, ranked 28th. Stephen Hill is the Dockers highest ranked midfielder at number 77.