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In the Mix: Round 13

Michael Whiting, Lee Gaskin, AFL.com.au  June 14, 2017 10:34 AM

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This week, AFL.com.au's Michael Whiting predicts there won't be a whole lot of team changes for the Brisbane Lions. 

Coming off just their second win of the season, it's hard to see the Lions making any changes for their trip to play Port Adelaide on Saturday. Every player made a strong contribution against Fremantle, making the case for Fagan to stick with the same 22. 

If coach Chris Fagan wants a little more run in his team, he might look towards Claye Beams or Tom Bell, who were both strong in the NEAFL at the weekend.

Michael Close also impressed in the NEAFL, booting two goals and taking 14 marks. In his first match back after a short layoff, Josh Schache was solid, grabbing five marks but not troubling the scoreboard. 

Meanwhile, AFL.com.au's Lee Gaskin forecasts changes to Port Adelaide's side following a heavy loss to Essendon in Round 12. 

After last weekend's embarrassing 70-point loss to Essendon, the Power could be tempted to swing the selection axe for Saturday's clash with the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval.

Utility Dougal Howard put his hand up booting eight goals to go with 11 marks and 24 possessions in Port Adelaide's 128-point belting of West Adelaide in the SANFL. Howard, 21, hasn't played in the AFL since round 13, 2016 when he tore his ACL against Fremantle.

The 199cm Howard can play at either end of the ground and also pinch-hit in the ruck. Forward Aaron Young – dropped twice this year – couldn't do any more to return to the side with 36 touches, five goals and 13 Inside 50s.

Inside midfielder Joe Atley, the 32nd overall pick of the 2016 NAB AFL Draft, is getting closer to his senior debut with 31 touches, while defender Dan Houston (24 touches) could be recalled after playing the first seven games of the season. Small forward Jake Neade was also impressive.

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