Finals have nearly arrived with only one round remaining in the home-and-away season.

Despite Geelong going down to the Lions by one-point in round 22, the club remains in a strong position sitting second on the ladder.

This week the Cats return home to host Carlton at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.

The equation is quite simple for the Cats, WIN and they will finish first if the Lions lose or second if the Lions win.

It the Cats LOSE to Carlton they could fall as low as fourth on the ladder. They will finish second if the Eagles and Tigers lose, third if one of them wins and fourth if both win.