RICHMOND and St Kilda will head into Friday night's clash unchanged as the Tigers look to solidify their spot on the top of the ladder.

In key changes made on Thursday, the Tigers recalled premiership pair Nathan Broad and Kamdyn McIntosh but lost flag hero Bachar Houli for the contest, while the Saints will be without Jimmy Webster, who is out with injury.

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St Kilda has won three of its past four games and is in the best form of its spluttering season but they meet a Richmond unit that will be keen to rebound from its two-point defeat to Greater Western Sydney last week.

The Tigers enter round 18 in first spot on the ladder, nearly 13 per cent clear of the second-placed West Coast. 

The reigning premiers have dominated the Saints in recent times, winning eight of the last 10 games between the sides.

St Kilda v Richmond at Etihad Stadium, 7.50pm AEST


St Kilda: Luke Dunstan, Hunter Clark, Josh Battle, Ed Phillips
Richmond: Dion Prestia, Shaun Grigg, Jason Castagna, Connor Menadue