BRISBANE has opted for more midfield muscle in Saturday night's preliminary final against Geelong, turning to big-bodied onballer Cam Ellis-Yolmen.

The former Crow replaces first-year small forward Keidean Coleman as the only change from the Lions' qualifying final win over Richmond. 

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Geelong will go in unchanged from the side that belted Collingwood in last week's semi-final.

Coleman played five consecutive matches from his debut in round 15 but loses his place as the Lions look for greater midfield depth against the Cats' engine room.

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Ellis-Yolmen has featured eight times for the Lions in his first season at the club but was dropped in favour of the returning Jarrod Berry after round 18. 

Coleman joins Tom Fullarton, Mitch Hinge and Jack Payne as the Lions' emergencies. 

At the Cats, Rhys Stanley has been cleared of any concern after jarring his knee in the dying stages against the Pies and sitting out part of Wednesday's training session. 

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Superstar Patrick Dangerfield, who booted four majors against the Pies, is again tipped to spend large periods of time in attack.

Zach Guthrie, Esava Ratugolea, Brad Close and Tom Atkins, who was dropped last week for Sam Simpson, are the Cats' four emergencies.

The Cats will have three different faces – Stanley, Lachie Henderson and Tom Stewart – from the side that beat Brisbane by 27 points in round six compared to the Lions' one (Ellis-Yolmen).

Saturday, October 17

Second preliminary final - Brisbane v Geelong, Gabba, 6.40pm AEST (7.40pm AEDT)

BRISBANE
IN: C.Ellis-Yolmen
OUT: K.Coleman (omitted)

GEELONG
No change