Geelong boast three of the AFL's greatest on-ballers, but also a stack of unheralded midfield match-winners who Sydney will be wary of during a crunch clash at the SCG.
An enthralling battle between two of the league's best midfields will go a long way to deciding the winner of Thursday night's contest, which is set to reshape the top eight.
The Swans risk tumbling out of the top four if they lose, while the Cats currently cling to eighth spot on the ladder after consecutive losses.
In-form tagger George Hewett is likely to shadow one of Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett, but the Swans are also alert to the threat posed by the star trio's backing band.
"It's definitely somewhere they have a lot of depth and plenty of match-winners," Swans assistant coach Dean Cox said.
"People talk about Selwood, Dangerfield and Ablett but you add in Mitch Duncan, Tim Kelly and Sam Menegola. They used Quinton Narkle at times last week and now get Scott Selwood back.
"It's going to be a great battle and at times they're going to get on top.
"It's about trying to stop that momentum as quickly as possible and backing ourselves in, because we've got some pretty handy on-ballers that have been in decent form as well."
Big-bodied midfielders Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker were magnificent during the Swans' loss to Richmond last week, threatening to drag their side over the line.
Much like Dangerfield, Parker has regularly drifted forward this season.
"He's really impacting on the scoreboard. It makes us a bit more versatile and gives us a different dynamic at times," Cox said of Parker, who has booted 17 goals this year.
The match will be former West Coast ruckman Callum Sinclair's 50th game for the Swans.
Sinclair has been one of the club's most consistent players this year, stepping up following Kurt Tippett's retirement in January and Sam Naismith's season-ending knee injury.
Cox, West Coast's games record holder, was full of praise for somebody he's worked closely with in both Perth and Sydney.
"The dedication Cal puts into getting the best out of himself; his attention to detail is as good as I've seen," Cox said.
"He always wants to constantly improve.
"He's enjoying the extra workload and been performing well, hopefully there's plenty more games to come."
Lance Franklin has a chance to tick off yet another major milestone, with the superstar forward needing five more goals to register the 900th goal of his decorated career.