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Five things - Eels v Tigers, Round 17

The Parramatta Eels are looking to continue their winning streak, when they play the Wests Tigers for their Round 17 away game at Bankwest Stadium.

The last time the teams met, for the Eels first game at their new stadium, the Tigers were demolished 51-6.

Which team will get he upper hand this encounter and continue their charge towards the NRL finals?

Here are five things you need to know about the game.

Race to the NRL finals

The Eels sit just inside the NRL top eight, in seventh position on the ladder while the Tigers are just out of it, in ninth position.

Round 17 is an important round for both sides.

The Blue and Gold can nudge their way closer to the top four with other results going their way.

The Tigers are only two points out of the top eight as the table stands, but need the win to stay within reaching distance of the finals.

Tigers hungry for redemption

Last time the Tigers met the Eels at Bankwest Stadium, they weren’t given a look in and were demolished 51-6.

They will be hungry to wipe that memory from their minds and have shown good football in recent weeks.

Most recently, they gave the second placed Sydney Roosters a good run for their money last Round.

Backing up from State of Origin

All State of Origin players from both teams are expected to back up for their clubs provided they avoid injury in the decider.

Blake Ferguson has been named on the wing for the Eels.

He proved two games in one week isn’t an issue, when he backed up from his last Origin performance, playing in Darwin against the Raiders.

Clint Gutherson has been in the Blues camp, but didn’t play in the decider and will line-up at fullback for the Blue and Gold.

Tigers captain Moses Mbye has also been named in the centres following his performance for the Maroons.

Team changes

The Eels have just one change to their line-up, with Peni Terepo suspended for three weeks.

Marata Niukore returns to the forward pack in his place.

The Tigers team has shuffled slightly since last Round.

The return of Moses Mbye pushes Paul Momirovski to the reserves, while Josh Aloiai returns to the starting line up.

Thomas Mikaele goes to the bench.

On another note, Wests Tigers icon Benji Marshall will play his 300th NRL game.

Eels’ first away game at Bankwest Stadium

This is the Eels first away game at Bankwest Stadium, with the Tigers getting a handful of home games at the new stadium.

However, a large contingent of Eels supporters will likely turn up to show support, as they have for all the Blue and Gold’s other home games this season.

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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