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The battle of the west promises to be a cracker with Parramatta and Penrith both still unbeaten.

The Eels notched their fourth win in dramatic fashion against Manly last round to build upon their premiership credentials.

For the Panthers, a 26-0 drubbing of the Warriors would have added to their confidence after they drew with Newcastle the week prior.

A host of topline individual clashes are sure to have fans on the edges of their seats.

The Rundown

Team News

Eels: Parramatta will start 1-17 after Brad Takairangi and Oregon Kaufusi were the two players to drop out an hour before the match. Nathan Brown returns at lock, bumping Marata Niukore to the bench. Ray Stone joins the interchange with Brad Takairangi and Oregon Kaufusi dropping out. George Jennings and Will Smith were omitted from the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off. The Eels are aiming for their first 5-0 start since 1986.

Panthers: Penrith will start 1-17 after Mitch Kenny and Billy Burns were omitted 60 minutes before kick-off. Dylan Edwards won't be rushed back for Friday night's Battle of the West against Parramatta. Nathan Cleary's return in the halves means Matt Burton moves back to the bench. Jack Hetherington and Edwards were the players cut from the extended bench on Thursday night. Panthers captain James Tamou will play his 250th NRL game. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Caleb Aekins
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Dean Whare
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Kurt Capewell
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Ray Stone
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Matt Burton
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Marata Niukore
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Zane Tetevano
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Kane Evans
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Peni Terepo
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Liam Martin

Key Match-Up

Eels halfback Mitchell Moses was lauded for his composure as he steered the team to a 19-16 win over Manly, his name even being tossed into Origin selection discussions by some pundits and fans. Nathan Cleary has been NSW's regular No.7 in recent years and he'll want to prove he's still the state's premier playmaker.