RICHMOND has recalled its big guns as it aim to seal a top-four berth leading into finals, with premiership stars David Astbury, Shane Edwards and Josh Caddy all brought back into the side for Saturday evening's clash with Adelaide.

Mabior Chol also returns to assist Toby Nankervis in the ruck in the absence of the injured Ivan Soldo, while forward duo Tom Lynch (hamstring) and Shai Bolton (calf) are sidelined with injury. Oleg Markov has been dropped. 

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The Crows, who will avoid the spoon with victory, will welcome back three experienced campaigners of their own for the contest at the Adelaide Oval, with Daniel Talia, David Mackay and Taylor Walker all named.

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Premiership contenders Brisbane will also be bolstered by an almighty fitness boost on the eve of finals, with veteran ruckman Stefan Martin returning from two months on the sidelines with a fractured back.

Lincoln McCarthy and Brandon Starcevich are also recalled for the Lions, with Mitch Hinge and Archie Smith dropped. Young defender Noah Answerth is managed for the final home and away game of the season.

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Their opponents on Saturday night, Carlton, will make four changes with Jack Martin, Marc Pittonet, Matt Kennedy and Cam Polson recalled for the club's final game of the year.

Sam Docherty, Will Setterfield and Zac Fisher are all injured, while former top-10 draft pick Lochie O'Brien has been dropped after just one match in the senior team. 

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Melbourne has made only one alteration to its side as it aims to keep its season alive against Essendon on Saturday afternoon, with running defender Michael Hibberd replacing the omitted Neville Jetta.

The Bombers make three changes, with Michael Hurley, Jayden Laverde and Mason Redman all returning to the side. Mitch Hibberd, Andrew Phillips and Jacob Townsend have each been dropped.

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Saturday, September 18

Essendon v Melbourne at Metricon Stadium, 2.10pm AEST

In: M.Hurley, J.Laverde, M.Redman
Out: M.Hibberd (omitted), A.Phillips (omitted), J.Townsend (omitted)

In: M.Hibberd
Out: N.Jetta (omitted)

Adelaide v Richmond at Adelaide Oval, 4.40pm ACST (5.10pm AEST)

In: D.Talia, D.Mackay, T.Walker
Out: J.Butts (omitted), B.Gibbs (retired), B.Frampton (omitted)

In: D.Astbury, M.Chol, S.Edwards, J.Caddy
Out: O.Markov (omitted), T.Lynch (hamstring), I.Soldo (knee), S.Bolton (calf)

Brisbane v Carlton at the Gabba, 7.40pm AEST

In: S.Martin, L.McCarthy, B.Starcevich
Out: N.Answerth (managed), M.Hinge (omitted), A.Smith (omitted)

In: J.Martin, M.Pittonet, M.Kennedy, C.Polson
Out: L.O'Brien (omitted), S.Docherty (calf), W.Setterfield (calf), Z.Fisher (shoulder)