Glenn Kilpatrick will step straight into the senior line-up after four games on the sidelines with a hamstring strain while Corey Enright also returns from a dislocated shoulder he suffered in the third round against the Kangaroos.
Enright played three quarters of last week's VFL game and picked up 21 possessions up to half-time before being tagged.
``Both haven't played for a while, which is a bit of a concern, but we've missed them both and there's no point in mucking about with them,'' coach Mark Thompson said.
``(Melbourne's) midfield is quite strong and flexible. They're a pretty well-balanced side.''
Out of the side goes first year player James Bartel who has come off his early-season good form while Marc Woolnough has been named an emergency.
Thompson said he would persist with out-of-form forward Ronnie Burns, who was named on a wing.
``I know he hasn't had a great year and he knows that but I thought last week . . . at least what we've been trying to get him to do he did for a sustained period and then it fell away,'' Thompson said.
``He kicked two goals last week and created another two so he's had a hand in four goals last week. A three or a four bag isn't going to be too far away for him.''
Out-of-form captain Ben Graham gets a chance to answer one of his critics, Melbourne centre half-forward David Schwarz.
Graham has been named at centre half-forward but could again be swung into defence to stand Schwarz, who last year trash talked the captain after their round three clash.
Schwarz said on radio that he did not rate Graham in his top six centre half-backs and that he played too loose.
``I'm not sure how Ben feels about all that but last year he responded pretty well and kicked some goals and took a lot of marks,'' Thompson said of the return clash in August.
For Melbourne there has been little joy in the trip to Geelong to take on the Cats.
The club hasn't beaten Geelong at home since 1988, but Thompson wasn't giving much weight to history.
``It was for the Bulldogs for a long while but that's been broken,'' he said.
Despite that, and Melbourne's good start to the year, Thompson said he was going into the match more confident than last week.
He said although the Cats let slip a 40-point lead, last week's game had lifted the team's spirit.
``We've got some form and confidence back and if we can get off to another good start and hopefully play a bit longer in the game then I think we can do all right,'' he said.