The Hawks go into a game as underdogs for the first time since Round 4 of 2012 when they lost 51-46 to West Coast in Perth.
This has the makings of a terrific game with Port ranked 1st and Hawks 2nd in inside 50’s and marks inside 50.
Both teams also rank highly in contested possessions – Port 5th, Hawks 4th and uncontested possessions – Port 5th, Hawks 2nd.
Port have already beaten Geelong and Fremantle in the past month at Adelaide Oval and they will surely like their chances against a Hawthorn team that will line up without Gibson, Mitchell, Rioli and the suspended Roughead.
The Hawks on the other hand will be pleased to welcome back skipper, Luke Hodge, while Liam Shiels and Brad Sewell are also available for selection.
Hawthorn are 12-1 coming off a loss going back to 2011 and they have a deep enough squad to deal with the key outs.