Geelong coach Chris Scott concedes the qualifying final against Fremantle on Saturday could turn spiteful given the history between the clubs.
And Fremantle coach Ross Lyon last night warned that the Dockers were coming to get them.
"Geelong are going to have to deal with our pressure," Lyon said on 6PR.
"We are going to ask a big question of the Geelong Football Club on the weekend, the question is how are they going to deal with what we put up? We are looking for a powerful response from our playing group."
Lyon also confirmed full-back Luke McPharlin would be available for selection after missing eight games with a calf injury.
But Clancee Pearce is out for the season with an Achilles problem and Garrick Ibbotson (Achilles) will struggle to play finals.
The Dockers knocked the Cats out of last year's finals and were furious at the AFL's decision to hold Saturday's match at Simonds Stadium rather than in Melbourne. But the sizzling rivalry didn't need any further heat.
There have been a series of fiery recent incidents, including:
·Matthew Scarlett striking Hayden Ballantyne with a straight left last season.
·Ballantyne suspended for striking Paul Chapman in the same game.
·Steve Johnson banned for striking Ballantyne in this year's pre-season.
·James Kelly banned for a crude hit on Tendai Mzungu in last year's elimination final.
Scott said the potential was there for tempers to flare again.
"You'd be crazy to deny there have been heated moments," Scott said. "They could antagonise us and potentially we could respond in a bad way."
Scott will instruct his players to stick within the rules without losing their aggressive edge.
"We want our players to play near the edge because that's what competitors do," he said.
Scott dismissed the home- ground advantage, saying it would not affect the result.
The Cats have won 48 of their past 50 matches at home.
But Scott denied the team played significantly better at home compared with the MCG or Etihad Stadium.
"I think there may be one per cent (difference), if that," Scott said. "Our record is pretty good.
"I'm a bit more of a believer in recent history being a factor.
"I said after the game on the weekend that if we had a preference we'd probably play at Geelong first, maybe the MCG second but you're splitting hairs when you get to the MCG or Etihad.
"I don't think it will be the reason that we win or lose."
Fremantle have played two games at Simonds Stadium in the past five years and lost them both.
They took a severely depleted team to Geelong in round 14 and will make significant changes to that line-up this weekend.
"With the exception of Port Adelaide, they haven't really played sides that are going to feature in September so you probably have to go back a little way to see how they matched up against the better sides," Scott said.
"It would be remiss of us to completely ignore the weekend.
"Even when you listen to them talk about the way they go about their business, they rely on system more than talent.
"I'd be surprised if the system changed too much last week.
"They're a little bit of a hard team to get a read on in terms of their form. They probably haven't really been tested."
Scott said ruckman Mark Blicavs had recovered after a head knock against Brisbane and was confident he would be available.
Among his fellow ruckmen, Nathan Vardy (hip) is fit after missing last week, and Josh Walker and Trent West will be considered.
Scott said Joel Corey and Steven Motlop played limited roles against Brisbane so they would be fresh for this weekend.
Tom Hawkins (back) was being assessed daily but should play.with Australian Associated Press