A TOP-FOUR spot is on the line for the Western Bulldogs in their mouth-watering clash against Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.
After being the likely minor premiers for much of the season and a near certainty to finish in the top four, the Dogs' hopes of the double chance are suddenly in doubt after back-to-back losses to Hawthorn and Essendon.
If they lose to the Power and the Lions defeat the Eagles then the Dogs are likely to drop to fifth and face a cut-throat elimination final next week. But a win will lock in a top-four spot and the all-important double chance.
Meanwhile, the Power have an eye on a top-two spot with victory assuring Ken Hinkley's men of a crucial home qualifying final next week.
Port, who is riding a five-match winning streak, could still pinch the McClelland Trophy with a big win and if the Cats narrowly defeat the Demons.
The Brownlow Medal could also be decided with red-hot favourite Marcus Bontempelli potentially going head-to-head with Port Adelaide bull Ollie Wines.
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Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium, 7.50pm AEST
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Western Bulldogs: Josh Schache
Port Adelaide: Sam Mayes