GEELONG has made a late change, replacing Jake Kolodjashnij with Luke Dahlhaus for its clash against the Western Bulldogs.

The defender withdrew from the team earlier today due to health and safety protocols, and some magnet shuffling will be in order, having been replaced by a small forward.

Young ruck Toby Conway was initially announced as Kolodjashnij's replacement, but was himself withdrawn from the team an hour before the first bounce.

It’ll be Dahlhaus’ first AFL game since round seven, while Quinton Narkle will be the starting sub for the Cats.

The Bulldogs will be as selected, with Mitch Wallis named medical sub.

The two sides kick off round 12 with a blockbuster battle under the roof at Marvel Stadium. 

The premiership hopefuls are slightly off the pace at the halfway point of the season with the Cats in sixth and the Dogs in eighth place. 

Both sides will be desperate for the four points to not only hold their position in the top eight, but also put pressure on the top four. 

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The Dogs, riding a three-game winning streak and fresh off a 101-point shellacking of West Coast, welcome star midfielder Bailey Smith into the 22 in place of ruck Jordon Sweet. 

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Match Previews R12: Western Bulldogs v Geelong

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

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Geelong has mixed things up in the ruck department with Rhys Stanley returning to shoulder the load after missing the past two weeks. 

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Gary Rohan, the hero of last year's win over the Dogs with a goal after the siren, also returns to the side with youngsters Shannon Neale and Francis Evans making way. 

With stars on every line this game promises to be an absolute cracker. 

Western Bulldogs v Geelong at Marvel Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

Western Bulldogs: None
Geelong: Jake Kolodjashnij replaced in selected side by Luke Dahlhaus

Western Bulldogs: Mitch Wallis
Geelong: Quinton Narkle