PORT Adelaide's best can certainly challenge high-flying Geelong, according to coach Ken Hinkley.

Having gone 4-4 since a four-game winning streak revitalised a stuttering season, the Power are one of five teams separated by one game in the race for eighth on the ladder and knocking off the Cats at Adelaide Oval on Saturday might be the exact spark they need.

Hinkley is back after COVID-19 meant he missed Port's clash with Melbourne, with the Geelong encounter kicking off a vital three weeks for his side as it also prepares to meet Collingwood and Richmond.

He took at least some confidence from the Power's clash with the Cats in round 10, when they led at half-time, but said they'd need to be sharp converting chances to test them on Saturday.

Ken Hinkley during Port Adelaide's clash against Gold Coast in round 15, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

"This is the team that's clearly the best team in the competition currently ... but we do take some confidence that our best football can certainly challenge them," Hinkley told reporters.

"But we know anything short of that you'll be in some trouble too.

"It wasn't like we were totally blown apart at any point in the game, we just didn't make the most of our opportunities that we had.

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"You open up gaps and you close gaps based on your completion rate, and our completion rate at times has let us down."

Hinkley backed forward Mitch Georgiades to tidy up his accuracy, having kicked 5.9 in his past six outings.

Karl Amon and Mitch Georgiades celebrate a goal during round nine, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Geelong, riding an eight-game winning streak, lose Sam Menegola to concussion protocols, but otherwise retain the rest of a side that looked powerful beating Carlton by 30 points last weekend.

Having conceded six goals to Melbourne small forward Kysaiah Pickett, Hinkley admitted keeping X-factor Cat Tyson Stengle quiet would be just as crucial as stopping some of Geelong's power forwards.

But despite outside criticism of his team-based defensive approach rather than sending a man to the red-hot Pickett, Hinkley said he would once again back in his system.

"He's really been a really good player for Geelong ... there's language around All-Australian teams, you don't get that if you're not a damaging forward, kicking 30-odd goals," he said.

Tyson Stengle celebrates a goal during the R15 clash between Geelong and Richmond at the MCG on June 25, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

"We put him in the bracket of 'must be watched' along with (Tom) Hawkins, along with (Jeremy) Cameron, along with (Gary) Rohan.

"The team takes care of the roles we have to collectively, at times that will mean an individual will be matched up against individuals ... but you do break down and break down badly when you get too singularly focused."

Port recalled Jed McEntee after some impressive forward pressure at SANFL level, while Hinkley backed Jase Burgoyne to sturdy his defence after dropping the more-seasoned Riley Bonner.