THE WESTERN Bulldogs are out to throw a massive spanner in the top-eight works when they take on the mighty Geelong at Metricon Stadium from 7.50pm AEST.

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Geelong is sitting fourth and will want to secure that top-four spot, but the Dogs have played some scintillating football this year to stay in touch with the top eight.

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Match Previews R14: Western Bulldogs v Geelong

Sportsbet's Nathan Brown and Matthew Richardson preview the game between the Bulldogs and Cats at Metricon Stadium

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The game shapes to be the battle of the midfield with stars galore set to face off. 

TEAMS Big Cat dumped, Dogs duo in from the cold

Superstar Patrick Dangerfield and Marcus Bontempelli will be determined to set their teams alight, while Bulldog young gun Bailey Smith and the rising Cam Guthrie will be ones to watch.

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The Cats forward line has been superb in recent weeks with Tom Hawkins enjoying a career-best patch.

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Wade, Ablett snr ... Hawkins? Could big Tom rub shoulders with Cat greats?

Nat Edwards and Riley Beveridge take a look at how the in-form Tom Hawkins stacks up to some other Geelong greats, thanks to Hostplus

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Geelong has recalled veteran pair Harry Taylor and Zach Tuohy for the crunch clash with Esava Ratugolea and Jordan Clark omitted.

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Ratugolea's absence leaves the Cats with Hawkins as the only tall target in attack.

Skipper Joel Selwood will miss a second straight game with a minor knee niggle.  

The Bulldogs have also made two changes as they look for their third straight win.

Premiership forward Tory Dickson and Will Hayes have been included for their first games of the season at the expense of Patrick Lipinski and Ben Cavarra, who have both been dropped.