1 - They're high scorers
Hawthorn score more than any other club. They have passed 100 points in both of their finals wins this season. And they have surpassed the 100-point barrier 13 times against Freo, who have reached that milestone just twice against the Hawks.
2 - They have the wood on Fremantle.
The Hawks have won 20 of 27 games between the grand finalists, meaning Fremantle have won just 25.93 per cent - their lowest winning percentage against any club in the competition. Hawthorn have won four in a row against the Dockers and, in all but one, scored more than 100 points - in the other, they tallied 95.
3 - Experience
The bulk of Hawthorn's side have played in a grand final, compared to just two Dockers (Zac Dawson and Danyle Pearce).
4 - Buddy and Roughy
Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead are the dynamic duo, a combination the envy of all rivals. Both have booming kicks, are adept at ground level despite their height, and can perform the brilliant deed which inspires a side, particularly Franklin.
5 - Home ground advantage
The MCG is Hawthorn's home. They have played 47 finals there, winning 28 of them, and know the ground's nuances as well as anyone.
6 - Luke Hodge
With respect to other captains, the Hawks' skipper is the man you want next to you in the trenches. Only Geelong's Joel Selwood comes close. But Hodge is more versatile than Selwood, able to play in defence, midfield or attack - and have an influence wherever he goes.
7 - Revenge
The Hawks say there's no point dwelling on last year's grand final loss to Sydney. But, deep down, making amends must be a driving factor.
8 - Inside 50s
On average, Hawthorn take the ball inside their attacking 50-metre arc 56 times a game, while Freo average 48. If the averages stay true, those eight extra attacks will be the difference.
9 - Super skills
Hawthorn make the least clangers of any club. They're trademark is slick ball movement, based on precise passing, especially by foot.
10 - They're no longer cursed
Sure, they're not playing Geelong. But last week's lifting of the Kennett Curse has also lifted spirits at Hawthorn.