Geelong is facing the dire reality of missing the finals entirely after its 2022 premiership, while four surprise packets are positioned nicely to hold onto their top eight spots.
With 12 games left for every club, a look at the remaining fixture shows the Cats have by far the most difficult run home, with nine games remaining against the top eight.
That leaves just three against the current bottom 10 – Sydney in Round 16, North Melbourne in Round 17 and Fremantle in Round 20 – though the Dockers are currently above the Cats on the ladder.
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Only one other team, West Coast, has fewer than six games left against the bottom 10.
It means the Cats, sitting 5-6 and facing the in-form Western Bulldogs this Saturday night, will need to buck the odds if they’re…