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Five things - Eels v Sharks

The Parramatta Eels will travel to the Shire to take on the Cronulla Sharks in Round 13 at PointsBet Stadium on Saturday night.

The Blue and Gold will be looking to string some wins together, after getting the two points in Round 12 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Here are five things you need to know ahead of the game.

Eels chasing win on the road

The Eels have been inconsistent away from home this season, failing to win their games in Canberra, Newcastle, Brisbane and Townsville.

The team will be keen to get the monkey off their back and string two wins in a row together.

Eels coach Brad Arthur sticks with same 17

Eels coach Brad Arthur stuck with the same 17 who played in Round 12 against the Rabbitohs, after getting the response he was after.

The only change to the Blue and Gold’s line-up is the inclusion of Nathan Brown in the reserves list.

He has missed the first half of the season, after going down with a pectoral injury in Round One against the Penrith Panthers.

Wade Graham returns after 9 months on the sideline

Wade Graham is expected to make his long awaited return after nine months on the sideline recovering from a knee reconstruction.

Shaun Johnson is also back from a hamstring injury on the reserves list.

Blues centre Josh Morris will be rested after State of Origin game one.

Team stats head to head

The Sharks sit two places higher on the NRL ladder at 6th, than the Eels and have played one less game due to the half round during State of Origin.

The Eels have scored more points overall so far this season than the Sky Blue, with 42 tries compared to 36.

The Sharks lead the competition with offloads (138) and the Eels are fourth with 133.

The Eels fare better with run metres (19,100) and the Sharks are down the table with 17,243, while on a personal note, Clint Gutherson leads the competition with 2,135 run metres.

Halfway point of the NRL season

Round 13 marks the halfway point of the 2019 competition and is significant in that it will highlight true finals contenders.

Both the Sharks and Eels are in the top eight, but not certainties to play finals footy.

Both clubs will have to start stringing a few wins together to prove they’re worthy of playing for the premiership.

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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