Port Adelaide could seal their spot in the finals with a win over Fremantle tomorrow night, but that doesn't mean they will be hungrier than the Dockers, according to Ross Lyon.
The Dockers guaranteed a top-four finish for the second time in their history with their win over Melbourne last Sunday.
Port are eighth, but face a challenge from Carlton (ninth), who they play tomorrow week, for a finals berth.
That game would become irrelevant if Port overcome the Dockers at Patersons Stadium.
But with a top-two spot on offer for Fremantle, Lyon said the home side would be just as desperate to win.
"Well, I'd be disappointed if they were hungrier than us," Lyon said. "That would surprise me. But they've certainly got a lot to play for, as have we as it stands today."
The fourth-placed Dockers and third-placed Sydney have 62 points, just two points behind Geelong, who are in second spot.
If the Swans can beat the Cats at Simonds Stadium tomorrow, a big win over Port could see the Dockers move to second ahead of the final round of the regular season.
Standing in their way is a side which has displayed fighting qualities in 2013.
Port Adelaide have not played finals since being mauled by Geelong in the 2007 grand final, the first of the Cats' three premierships in five years.
Lyon said he could see more than a few similarities between the most successful club of the past decade and the rising of the Power.
"They reflect a fair bit of Geelong in their ball use and how they structure up," he said.
"They're really well drilled, really well coached (and) their ball movement is a strength. They use it well, and if you don't work and you don't chase they embarrass you pretty quickly."
Port are ranked in the top half of the competition for both attack and defence, and are the fourth-most prolific handballers, behind the Western Bulldogs, Sydney and Geelong.
They also have one of the most exciting young forwards in the competition, 19-year-old Chad Wingard, who has kicked 38 goals and averaged 22 disposals a game this season to be firmly in contention for All-Australian selection.
His influence late in games has impressed, particularly when he kicked the winning goal against Adelaide in round 19, when he was best afield.With the Dockers also boasting star small forwards of their own in Hayden Ballantyne and Michael Walters, it could be forward-50 supply which ultimately determines the result.