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The Dyldam Parramatta Eels take on the Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium tonight (Sunday 17 July) for Round 19 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

Previewing the game thanks to, Blue and Gold Assistant Coach Steve Murphy says the Eels will nedd to be wary of a dangerous Panthers side, that boasts plenty of dangers right across the park, looking to put in a good performance at home in the Battle of the West.

"They are a quality opponent and we are looking forward to a battle up front first and foremost," Murphy said.

"Their forward pack has done a really good job and we are really looking forward to the opportunity today."

"Their threats are with the ball in hand, they all have a capacity to offload and they get their sets started in the backfield through Mansour, Zelezniak, Moylan who can all play out the back. They have guys who can offload the ball so they will really test us sideline to sideline and we will have to make our first up efforts count, especially defensively this week." Murphy added.

With the Eels without a few players through injury, Murphy paid particular praise to the Blue and Gold forwards, who will be expecting a big clash in the middle of the park.

"Our forward pack has been outstanding all year. They will look forward to the challenge at Penrith and we are really looking forward to seeing how that eventuates," Murphy said. 

"We are down on a few troops but our forward pack is relatively unchanged and unscathed from a pretty physical game last week."

"We are very fortunate we have a cutlure here where everyone does their job and regardless of who gets that opportunity, they take it and that is a very pleasing thing for the club moving forward." Murphy added.

The Eels kick off against the Panthers at Pepper Stadium this afternoon, kick off at 4pm.

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