Geelong lost only four home and away games for a reason. They led Port Adelaide by seven goals in the second quarter of both of their games this year. Stung by their unexpected defeat to Fremantle last week, the Cats should have too much class for the Power.
Welcome to the MCG for tonight's AFL Live blog of the second semi-final, Geelong v Port Adelaide.
The winner plays Hawthorn back here next Friday night while the loser bows out.
Action starts at 7.50pm while selection news and pre-match build-up will be updated from now until first bounce.
We're still waiting for confirmed teams but one suspects the wait for confirmation that Cats spearhead Tom Hawkins will play will stretch right up to the final on-ground warm-up.
Hawkins has been named in the Cats' team after missing last week's loss against Fremantle. The back problem he's been suffering with has been described as a "day to day" proposition.
The early word is that there have been no changes made to either team. Still waiting for substitutes to be named.
Here are the named teams.
B: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Josh Hunt
HB: Cam Guthrie, Andrew Mackie, Jimmy Bartel
C: Steve Johnson, Joel Selwood, Allen Christensen
HF: Mitch Duncan, Harry Taylor, Steven Motlop
F: James Podsiadly, Tom Hawkins, Travis Varcoe
FOLL: Nathan Vardy, James Kelly, Mathew Stokes
I/C: Mark Blicavs, Paul Chapman, Joel Corey, Taylor Hunt
B: Cameron O'Shea, Alipate Carlile, Tom Logan
HB: Matthew Broadbent, Jackson Trengove, Tom Jonas
C: Brad Ebert, Travis Boak, Kane Cornes
HF: Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Dom Cassisi
F: Chad Wingard, Jay Schulz, Angus Monfries
FOLL: Matthew Lobbe, Hamish Hartlett, Oliver Wines
I/C: Andrew Moore, Jasper Pittard, Sam Colquhoun, Aaron Young
Geelong is on a nine-match winning streak against Port Adelaide which stretches back to the 2007 grand final.
Port's last win against the Cats was round 21, 2007 at Kardinia Park.
Port's 20.9 (129) to 16.8 (104) defeat against Geelong in Round 20 this season was the closest the Power have been to the Cats since nine points separated the teams in round one, 2008.
In addition to winning all nine matches by an average of 56 points, Geelong has led all nine at quarter time by an average of 21 points.
Starting in the green vest tonight for Geelong is Taylor Hunt and for Port Adelaide Aaron Young.
We're waiting for the on-ground warm-ups now and a close look at Tom Hawkins.
Emergencies on standby for the Cats are Trent West, Jordan Murdoch and Jake Stringer.
Port's trio of emergenceis are Paul Stewart, Jake Neade and Jack Hombsch.
Keeping a close eye on Tom Hawkins in the warm-up. Just a gentle jog onto the ground and then a lengthy period enjoying some highlights of "in this round" on the big screen...which included Leigh Colbert's non-mark from the 1997 semi-final against Adelaide.
Hawkins yet to move out of a slow jog during the warm-up. Looks fine overhead but has already had one worryingly sore-looking stop to bend over on his haunches.
The Cats' spearhead is taking shots for goal at the moment.
Geelong football manager Neil Balme live on Triple M on Tom Hawkins.
"He's been pretty good this week...they did a lot of work to loosen up his back, he should be a lot better tonight."
It looks like Tom Hawkins' warm-up is done. After a brief exchange with head coach Chris Scott he has walked from the ground.
I guess we can take from that he'll be right to play. Now it's just a question of performance.
Port's warm-up is still going out on the ground. With half an hour until first bounce the crowd is underwhelming. Perhaps 20,000 in the ground at the moment.
Tonight's umpires are Matt Stevic, Simon Meredith and Shane McInerny.
The Power are out on the ground. There is a decent, given the crowd, travelling continent of Port Adelaide fans at the Punt Rd End.
Geelong has taken the field. Confirming there are no late changes and Tom Hawkins will play.
Not long until first bounce now. Anthems and coin-toss to come.
Port went with linked arms, Geelong standing separated.
Joel Selwood wins the toss and Geelong will kick to the Punt Rd End in the first quarter.
Q1 START GEE 0.0 (0) PORT 0.0 (0)
So does the fairytale continue for Port or will Geelong advance to play Hawthorn in the preliminary final?
Q1 1.40 GEE 0.0 (0) PORT 0.1 (1)
Stoppage in Port's forward 50m...Motlop tries to clear it but his kick only goes as far as Colquhoun!
Colquhoun lines up from 35m in front but it's a nervous kick...wide right for the first score of the night, a point.
Q1 6.10 GEE 1.1 (7) PORT 0.1 (1)
Geelong turn the ball over after a long and slow Power chain of short passes.
Duncan is on the break and can shoot at an unguarded goalsquare!
But his kick shaves the inside of the post! So close.
Q1 10.20 GEE 1.1 (7) PORT 0.1 (1)
Port struggling to find a marking target across half forward. Mackie the latest Cat to make an intercept mark.
Joel Selwood heading off due to the blood rule with a facial cut.
Q1 13.12 GEE 1.2 (8) PORT 0.1 (1)
Port under pressure...Gray tried to kick out of the backline but it was just a high ball across the face of goal!
Port fists are first up in the air to rush a behind.
Q1 15.20 GEE 1.2 (8) PORT 0.2 (2)
Bad miss for Port as Gray drops a mark 25m out in the corridor! He should have got a free kick for high contact from Kelly but it was play on!
Port bring the ball back inside forward 50m but Hartlett can only snap a behind.
Q1 3.32 GEE 1.0 (6) PORT 0.1 (1)
Magnificent snap goal from Chapman!
Geelong attacked around the wing through Motlop, he shrugged Pittard's tackle hard against the boundary line and sent a banana pass to Chapman 30m out!
Chapman ran around onto his right foot and put through a snap goal!
Q1 11.45 GEE 1.1 (7) PORT 0.1 (1)
Big call in the Geelong forward line!
It was one-on-one between Podsiadly and Trengove and the big Cat won out with a mark 15m from goal!
But the umpire said an illegal push! Replays suggest it was a tough technical call.