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In the Mix: Lions v Tigers

AFL Media's Michael Whiting discusses our lineup for Saturday's match. 

Captain Dayne Beams was a late withdrawal against Port with illness but should be fine this week. 

Jacob Allison and Zac Bailey were impressive in the NEAFL along with Tom Bell and Ryan Bastinac who both found plenty of the ball.

Tom Cutler was the late addition for Beams in Round 3 but played well with 21 touches and one goal.

Daniel Rich is also a chance of returning from an ankle injury for the match and will be a test this week. 

It's hard to see who goes out with Beams and possibly Rich returning. The likely players are Cutler and young defender Cedric Cox. 

AFL Media's Jennifer Phelan takes a look at what Richmond's team could look like for Saturday. 

The Tigers have two available off the back of suspensions; Josh Caddy is back after serving a one-match ban and Nathan Broad is in the frame following his three-game club sanction. Dion Prestia is also a chance to return after missing last week with a sore left glute.

Sam Lloyd came in last week and was serviceable without being a standout with one goal and 17 disposals. Reece Conca was quiet before half-time but may have saved himself with an impressive second half when he moved into the middle. Jack Higgins had some explosive moments in his debut game but were two goals and 12 disposals enough? Jacob Townsend was quiet possession-wise against the Hawks, but his off-the-ball work remains important, and he could be required to play on Luke Hodge on Saturday.

The Tigers are in a blessed position injury-wise. Daniel Rioli remains their only problematic omission although he is hopeful of returning in the next few weeks after a long-term foot issue. Prestia hasn't played in the seniors yet but the Tigers say it was just soreness and not a fresh injury that kept him out last week. Nathan Drummond and Shaun Hampson are back playing in the VFL after long-term injuries. 

The Tigers have nearly a full list to choose from but don't expect wholesale changes.  Caddy comes in for Lloyd, leaving Broad only a chance to play with Conca and Jayden Short likely to hang on. 

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