St Kilda coach Brett Ratten has laughed at the suggestion from Brisbane Lions counterpart Chris Fagan that the Saints may enjoy home ground advantage when the teams meet at the Gabba on Sunday afternoon.
St Kilda have played three of their past four games at the Lions’ home ground while Brisbane have played just one of their past seven at the venue.
However, Ratten made it clear the home ground advantage lay with the team that trained at the Gabba every week.
Only a game separates the two teams, with the Lions second and St Kilda fifth on the ladder, and both will take settled line-ups into the clash, with St Kilda choosing to rest impressive defender Hunter Clark and drop Jack Lonie to make way for Dean Kent and Jake Carlisle to return.
The Saints’ Ben Paton will play after being concussed during last week’s win over Essendon.
The Lions included No.1 draft pick Cam Rayner alongside Tom Fullarton, with Matt Eagles and Rhys Mathieson dropped.
Ratten said he was yet to determine whether they would use Seb Ross in a run with role with Lions playmakers Lachie Neale and Dayne Zorko both potential targets for the experienced Saint.
Meanwhile, Geelong made five changes for the clash with the winless Crows with Luke Dahlhaus returning for his first match since round seven while Esava Ratugolea, Brad Close, Jordan Clark and Jack Steven were also included.