Five things - Eels v Raiders, Round Five

The Parramatta Eels will travel to the nation's capital for their clash with the Canberra Raiders on Sunday.

It's set to be an epic battle between the third placed Raiders and fifth placed Eels.

Game of the round

It has been dubbed the game of the round.

The resurrection of two teams who this time last year were at the bottom of the ladder and lacking confidence.

Fast forward a year and both sides have turned their form around and have been the talk of the comp.

The Parramatta Eels are coming off a good win against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Round Four and the Canberra Raiders had an easy win over the North Queensland Cowboys.

Both teams playing on a 3-1 record

Both teams are going into Sunday’s clash at GIO Stadium in Canberra with plenty of confidence, having only lost one game so far this season.

The Eels went down to the Sydney Roosters in Round Three and the Raiders lost to the Storm in Round Two.

So far this season, the Eels have 17 tries in the bag compared to the Raiders’ 13.

Takairangi’s 150th NRL game

Brad Takairangi will play his 150th NRL game this weekend in his fifth season for the Eels.

The 194cm centre puts his time playing for the Kiwis and the New Zealand Māori as two highlights of his career – and says playing for the Eels feels like home.

Junior taking on former club

It’s Junior Paulo’s first season back at the Eels after two and a half seasons with the Raiders.

Standing at 188cm tall and weighing 123kgs, Junior is one of the hardest players in the NRL to tackle.

After returning from injury in round two, the prop has had plenty of impact, with an average of 117 run metres each game.

Junior says he is keen to get one up on his old club in Round Five.

Eels’ 13-year drought in the nation’s capital

The Eels are travelling to the nation’s capital in the hope of ending a 13-year drought at the Raiders’ home.

The Blue and Gold don’t have no changes to their team from last week.

Kiwi back-rower Joseph Tapine will return from injury for the Raiders.