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In the Mix: Lions v Hawthorn

Following back-to-back wins with an unchanged side, AFL Media's Michael Whiting is predicting no changes for the Lions:

A number of players are stringing together good NEAFL performances, led by Ryan Bastinac (36 disposals) and Claye Beams (21 disposals). 

Rohan Bewick had a big impact in front of goal in the NEAFL with three goals, while untried draftee Brandon Starcevich is also keeping his name right in contention (21 disposals and eight clearances).

It's not easy to find a player under the pump in the Seniors this week after every player did their job in Round 16 against the Blues.

Mitch Robinson and Lewy Taylor were a touch quieter than usual, but there is no way either of these players are in any danger of losing their spot.

Vice-captain Harris Andrews has been cleared to start training after passing concussion protocols, but Chris Fagan has indicated the young defender won't play this weekend against Hawthorn.

No reason to change a winning line-up, so expect the same 22 that beat Fremantle and Carlton to run out against Hawthorn.

AFL Media's Ashley Browne talks through Hawthorn's injury list and likely team changes:

Brendan Whitecross (29 possessions), Kieran Lovell (22) and David Mirra all played well in Box Hill's win over Footscray.

The Hawks had few passengers against the Bulldogs last week. 

Jonathon O'Rourke and Teia Miles both made solid contributions in their first games for the year.

Ben McEvoy (cheekbone) will be out for a few weeks and Daniel Howe sat out the last term with a knee injury. 

Conor Glass (tonsillitis) was a late withdrawal, while Will Langford (finger) didn't play.

The verdict? The complication in replacing McEvoy is that back-up ruckman Marc Pittonet hurt his ankle in the VFL. The safest bet might be that Tim O’Brien returns. Glass and Langford might come in for O'Rourke and Miles, although the latter pair deserves another chance.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs