MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: Bulldogs head coach Luke Beveridge speaks to his players during an AFL practice match between the Essendon Bombers and the Western Bulldogs at The Hangar on February 23, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs head coach Luke Beveridge is expecting Caleb Daniel and Adam Treloar to return this weekend ahead of a massive challenge against Geelong on Saturday night.

He remained tight-lipped on where they'll play, but said team balance will guide their decisions ahead of the match.

“(Caleb) should be available. He’ll train today, but we anticipate he’ll be fine and will head down the highway to play the Cats,” Beveridge told media on Thursday.

“We think (Adam) will be okay. Again, he’ll train and if there’s any doubt at all we won’t play him, but we think he’ll be fine.”

"It's good for us so we'll work through it. The important thing is that they play the phases well together in whatever roles they're in so we've got to land that at the right place."

The Dogs currently sit in eighth spot, on percentage, with Beveridge well aware that they face a huge challenge against the ladder leaders Geelong at Kardinia Park on Saturday night.

"The Cats have been extremely impressive. Everyone's talking about them being the new benchmark, so obviously they're at the top of the ladder," he said.

When asked on where the Cats had excelled this season, Beveridge pointed towards their consistently even output across the ground so far this year.

"They've been extremely even... critical players that midfield area that have led up others to play well," he continued.

"And so the discipline in their game has allowed them to rise to the top... it's (this weekend's game) as challenging as they come.

"Their strength and power through all their lines and their ability to cover guys who haven't been available you know... on their wings (Sam) Menegola has been out for most of the year... (Jack) Henry out for a while (and they've) been out of cover him down back."

Beveridge spoke of his side's need to improve some defensive principles off the back of the Cats being more adventurous with the way they move the footy offensively this season, outlining that as the reason for Geelong's increased score aggregate.

Additionally, he described Cats' defence as 'sturdy', claiming they had the bodies to contend with the Dogs' big key forwards.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats and Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs in action during the 2019 AFL round 16 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Geelong Cats at Marvel Stadium on July 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The Bulldogs' form has been difficult to gauge in season 2022, with their last month returning two thumping losses at the hands of Sydney and Brisbane, before impressive wins against St Kilda and Melbourne in the past fortnight.

The latter win, a three-point thriller, was highlighted by a career-best performance by Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, who established his presence forward of the ground, picking up five goals.

Beveridge said it was pleasing to see Ugle-Hagan's hard work rewarded through establishing a match-winning performance.

"It's going to be beneficial for him to be able to establish that sort of almost match winning performance against last year's premiers on the big stage," Beveridge continued.

"You know, a huge, huge game for us. And so just the circumstances and where that game fell for him to be so influential.

"I think as far as coming of age, he's worked extremely hard behind the scenes. Not only his preparation to play the game and the level of endurance and speed and power, but also on the skill aspects. And so he's getting some reward from that."

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: Jamarra Ugle-Hagan of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal to win the game during the round 19 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on July 23, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

In light of Ben Miller's medical substitution last Friday night in Richmond's draw with Fremantle, Beveridge implored a rule change to remove the ambiguity of the medical sub.

Miller did not appear to suffer any visible injury, but the legitimacy of the substitution on medical grounds has been ticked off by the AFL.

"Don't make it a sub," he said.

"Like just to say you've got five on the interchange and can use them if you want. It'll add a bit of tactical intrigue.

"It creates a different angle but all it does is it removes all the red tape."

The Bulldogs face Geelong in a crucial match at Kardinia Park on Saturday night (7.25pm AEST).