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Hinkley: Tiger absences won't count for much once the game starts

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DEALING with the tag of being strong favourites to beat an undermanned Richmond at Adelaide Oval on Saturday isn't sitting well with Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley.

The Power knocked off Melbourne and Carlton in the opening two rounds before getting over-run by Brisbane by 17 points at The Gabba last Saturday night.

Despite the defeat, it was a performance that hasn't lost them many admirers, especially when they host a Tigers outfit barely recognisable to the one that claimed the 2017 premiership.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick has made six changes to the side that lost to Greater Western Sydney by 49 points last week.

Already without superstar Dustin Martin through suspension, captain Trent Cotchin (hamstring), Alex Rance (knee) and Jack Riewoldt (wrist), defender Bachar Houli was ruled out on Friday morning to give his injured hamstring another week to recover.

Hinkley said the Power were down on troops as well, with Charlie Dixon (leg), vice-captain Hamish Hartlett (hamstring), utility Jack Watts (leg) and midfielder Karl Amon (knee) among those on the sidelines.

"It's really challenging for us, because there's some expectation upon what Richmond have got and what we have got," Hinkley said.

"If you look at it in the whole picture of things, we've got some players missing, they've got some players missing.

"It never counts for too much once the game starts.

"Regardless of who we play, whether it's Richmond with all their available squad or some of their players unavailable, that's no different to us."

The Power have gone in unchanged for the first time this season, with Hinkley pleased with his team's performance last week despite the result.

"We put ourselves in a position (to win)," he said.

"Some of our finish was disappointing, but even with three or four minutes to go, we were still in the lead.

"I thought we played a really consistent game of football, bar the finishing."