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Five things - Eels v Roosters

The Parramatta Eels are looking to continue their winning form in Round Three against reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters, when they meet at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

We take a look at five key points ahead of their clash.

Eels in winning form

The Parramatta Eels are in high spirits having started their season winning two from two.

But their real test will come when they meet reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters on Friday night at ANZ Stadium – which will be their first home game of the year.

The Eels are excited about the clash, which will give them an indication of where they sit in the competition.

Roosters looking for second victory

The Sydney Roosters can boast having the best halves in the NRL, but they will again be without Cooper Cronk who is suffering a hamstring injury.

Having lost their first game to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Roosters were back to their best against the Manly Sea Eagles in Round 2.

Luke Keary is more than capable of steering the premiers around the park without Cronk and centre Latrell Mitchell is a big danger if he is given enough time with the ball.

Blake Ferguson faces his former team

New Eels recruit Blake Ferguson has been outstanding in the opening two rounds, scoring two tries and making 458 run metres in both games combined; the most in the NRL this season.

He is coming up against his old club the Sydney Roosters for the first time since switching and will be looking to claim bragging rights.

The 29-year-old has the added advantage of having insider knowledge of the Roosters plays.

He is coming up against Daniel Toupo, who has told Big League he is more than ready for the match up and excited.

Key players return

The Roosters will welcome back Jake Friend at hooker, pushing Victor Radley back to lock.

Michael Jennings is returning to the Eels starting side at centre after a week off.

Josh Hoffman will move to the reserves with Peni Terepo and George Jennings who have both missed the opening two rounds.

Clash of the halves

Eels halves Mitchell Moses and Dylan Brown have clicked since the first round, complimenting each other around the park.

Despite being the youngest halves pairing in the NRL, they haven’t disappointed, playing with maturity and composure beyond their years.

They’ll be put to the test on Friday against Luke Keary, who put on a masterclass against the Sea Eagles last week, and Cronk's replacement.

Moses and Brown will have to be at their best when the teams meet.

Acknowledgement of Country

Parramatta Eels respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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