Coach Luke Beveridge believes his Western Bulldogs will get an indication of where they sit in the AFL pecking order when they face Richmond on Wednesday night at Metricon Stadium.
The sixth-placed Dogs have won two games on the bounce and are two points ahead of the defending premiers, who are coming off a tough loss to GWS.
"(Richmond are) a lot like us, they're trying to find their position in the competition - (we're at) the halfway mark now and we go over the equator now," Beveridge told reporters on Tuesday.
"It's the ninth game with eight to go and the fact that we only play everyone once means that in the context of the season, you're not quite sure where you sit and there's a fair logjam for positions in the higher end of the ladder.
"So (they're) like us. I think we're just trying to work out where we sit, who we are, who we can beat, where we belong and ultimately, whether we're a chance to make it at the end and there's still a lot of uncertainty attached to that, I think for both teams."
Richmond counterpart Damien Hardwick was wary of the Bulldogs, who have tightened up defensively while finding a way to kick winning scores.
"It's easy to know what they're doing but it's all about the execution and how we go about it," Hardwick said.
"I think that we've got the offensive tools that if we play at our very best we'll trouble them.
"But they're a formidable outfit at the moment ... they're one of the form, if not 'the' form, teams in the competition."
Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin will return from a hamstring injury while youngster Sydney Stack has been recalled.
Beveridge said there was still room to move when it came to settling on the Bulldogs' forward line mix.
Sam Lloyd is in contention for a call-up after successfully returning from a broken collarbone via scratch matches, while Toby McLean could also be in the mix after impressing in a scratch match.
The Bulldogs' depth has been further tested with Tory Dickson (quad) and Josh Schache (concussion) injured in a scratch match while Cal Porter is unavailable after a hit to the shoulder on debut.
Bailey Dale (ankle) remains sidelined.
Lachie Hunter won't return against Richmond as he continues to deal with personal issues but Beveridge expected the winger to be back in coming games.