Five things - Eels v Dragons

The Parramatta Eels and St George Illawarra Dragons face off in Round Eight of the NRL.

Both teams are coming off a loss, hungry to get back in the winners circle.
 
Here are five things you need to know about the match up.

Second game at Bankwest Stadium
The Parramatta Eels have the home ground advantage. They’re playing at Bankwest Stadium for the second time, in what’s anticipated to be a near sell-out stadium.

The crowd will be a boost for the Eels, but they still have to step up and play with the right attitude. 

Dragons fans always turn up for games, so it’s unlikely to be as one-sided as the Eels first game at their new home ground.

Corey Norman faces old club 

Corey Norman is having the season of his career. 

He has steered the Dragons to be premiership contenders; instrumental in leading the team around the park.

The half is coming up against his old team, the Eels, for the first time since his departure at the end of last season.

There will be plenty of friendly banter between the teams, but who is hungrier to get on top?

Stats comparison

The Parramatta Eels are fairing good in the stats department in comparison to other teams so far this season.

They’re third for most points scored with 163, third for tries with 28 behind the Roosters and Rabbitohs in both categories.

The Blue and Gold are also in the top five for possession, lines breaks and run metres.

The Dragons have good set completions, at fifth overall.

The Red V also has the most amount of intercepts in the competition and second most kick metres. 

Eels chasing consistency

The Eels are respectively 5th on the NRL ladder and a different team to last year, but they’re chasing consistent performances.

With four wins and three losses, the Blue and Gold want wins in a row.

Their clash with the Dragons at Bankwest Stadium will be a huge test in whether they can bounce back from a loss and keep on winning.

Head to head

The Eels have an excellent record against the Dragons, with seven wins from their past eight clashes.

Even during one of their lowest moments as a team last season, the Eels managed to get on top of the Dragons in their Round 22 clash convincingly.

They won 40-4.