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Five Things - Eels v Sea Eagles, Round Four

The Parramatta Eels face their toughest challenge of the season, against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at their home Bankwest Stadium.

One of only two teams to have won their first three games, the Eels will have their work cut out for them if they want to go four from four.

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

Eels look to continue their dream start to the season

The Eels kicked off the new season with a grinding victory over the Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium in Round One, before running over the Titans on the Gold Coast before the competition came to a halt.

The Blue and Gold ran circles around the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium last week, sealing a 34-6 win.

The Eels have clocked up 88 points for the season and conceded just 14, but can they continue their run against the Sea Eagles in Round Four?

Tommy Turbo Threat

Manly’s Tom Trbojevic dominated in his side’s win over the Bulldogs last week.

He scored two tries in the enthralling performance and finished with three try assists to his name.

The Eels will have to stop the fullback on Saturday night to keep the Sea Eagles at bay.

Last time we met

The last time these two sides met the Blue and Gold came away with a 32-16 victory.

It was Round 25 at Bankwest Stadium and the Eels had only gone down to Manly a few weeks earlier at Lottoland.

Rookie winger Maika Sivo scored a hat trick in the dominant win, just before the Eels stormed into the 2019 NRL finals series.

Teams

Both sides remain unchanged for the Round Four meeting.

The Eels are however still without the suspended Nathan Brown, who is available for selection next week.

Parramatta has won eight of their past 10 games against Manly.

Manly Winger Jorge Taufua has scored eight tries in 12 games against the Eels.

Head-to-head stats

The sides have met 35 times, with the Sea Eagles taking out 16 games to the Eels 19.

So far this season, the Eels have scored 88 points to the Sea Eagles 45.

The Blue & Gold have also conceded 18 less points than their rivals.

Both side’s completion rates (76% and 78%) and tackle efficiency (88.2% and 89.9%) are almost identical.