KEN Hinkley is wary of Essendon's efficiency inside 50 as the Power travels to Melbourne ahead of Saturday's clash with the Dons.

Port plays Essendon at 7.25pm AEST on Saturday night, and will meet a far different side to the one it defeated in Round 3 last year.

While he's confident Port's defence can match names like Daniher, Hooker and Fantasia, he knows the Bombers are capable of taking a big scalp.

"Their best footy is really good, they've beaten West Coast, beaten Geelong, they've beaten some big teams in the competition and we know how dangerous they are," Hinkley said.

"We understand the quality that's on the park for Essendon and for us it's going to take nothing but our best.

"It's more than just their forward line, but they've certainly been able to hit the scoreboard when they go inside and our great strength has been able to restrict that.

"It's going to be a really interesting battle."

Midfield superiority is key for Port, and has been in its wins throughout the season. 

With ex-Bomber Paddy Ryder playing top shelf football and on-ballers like Brad Ebert also being mentioned in All-Australian contention, Hinkley wants to see the Power take the advantage out of the middle.

"Like every team you play, if you don't stop the midfield supply, you're going to give them opportunities you don't want to," Hinkley said.

"It's been an advantage in games where we've performed well."

Listen to Ken Hinkley's full post-match press conference below.



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