How to read the Saints’ depth chart – BBC Sport
The Saints’ squad is set to be heavily tested by Newcastle’s attacking talent in their final league fixture of the season.
Newcastle have lost three straight away games, including a 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park on Sunday.
The Magpies are a far stronger side this season, but they will have to be much better to keep the Saints in the Premier League.
St Kilda’s Tom Boyd and North Melbourne’s James Aish are the only players in the top eight in Newcastle’s midfield, while the Saints are ranked second in the competition.
Their top-six is boosted by their captain Jack Watts, who is expected to return to the team after a hamstring injury.
St Andrew’s is ranked sixth, while St Kilda is fifth and the Magpys are sixth.
The Saints are expected to be a match for Newcastle with a number of their top forwards still yet to play this season.
Their first-choice attack is led by winger Ryan Crowley, who has been a key member of the Saints for the last three seasons.
The 25-year-old has been the Saints top scorer this season with 16 goals.
The backline has also been heavily used this term, with the Saints ranked fifth in the AFL.
They are ranked fifth overall with seven goals in the past eight games.
The Demons are ranked sixth in the league and have three games remaining.
Their midfield is dominated by rookie Sam Docherty, who was selected in the second round of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.
Docherty has played three games for the Saints this season after he was drafted with pick No.8.
He has averaged 20 disposals per game and averaged 22 touches.
He is a hard worker who is very good at reading the ball and finding space to run.
Doc is a strong, hard-working player, with good vision and can play at both forward and back, and is also a good ball winner.
The Bombers have the second-best defensive record in the game with a 30-point win over Collingwood in round three.
The Power have won six straight away matches against the Magps.
They finished the season with five wins and five losses, with an aggregate score of 105.
The Swans have been one of the top sides in the A-League this season and have won eight of their past 10 games, scoring 34 goals.
Their coach Nathan Buckley has made changes to the side for the first time this season in the form of two rookies, midfielder Jake Stringer and defender Tom Boyd.
Buckley has also kept his options open with three senior players in Jake String, Jack Watts and Matthew Pavlich.
The Hawks are ranked fourth in the side’s strength of schedule and have four games remaining, with a record of 8-1-2.