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Stat attack: Round 20 v Eels

The Dragons come up against an unpredictable Parramatta outfit who find themselves in sixth place on the NRL ladder.

Across 36 matches since 1999, Parramatta have claimed top honours in 19 encounters while the Dragons have claimed 15, with a draw occurring on two occasions.

In recent times, the Eels have a clear advantage over St George Illawarra given they have won eight of the last nine matches.

That record flips on its head when playing at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, with Parramatta winning just one of eight matches in Kogarah.

Points are easy to come by from the men in blue and gold, scoring the third-most of any team (411) from a total of 66 tries.

While this may sound warning bells with the Dragons' lowly-ranked defensive line, the Eels have missed more tackles (638) than the Dragons (540) despite the Dragons making an extra 446 tackles throughout the season.

With all their attacking potential hiding in their flanks, the Eels' armour loses some shine in discipline. Parramatta have made the third-most handling errors (196) and fourth-most general play errors (210).

Danger man
Maika Sivo

Fijian flyer Maika Sivo has stormed into contention as one of the most lethal wingers in the competition this season.

Sivo currently leads the NRL with most tries scored (14) where he's failed to find the try line in only six matches this year.

Standing at 186 centimetres tall and weighing in at 105 kilograms, there's little wonder why the powerful outside back has made such an impact in the NRL.

Sivo also has the second-most line breaks (14), 59 tackle breaks, and averages 141 metres to go along with his growing collection of tries.  The Dragons will remember Sivo picking up a double in their recent Round 8 encounter, highlighting the danger the 25-year-old poses on Sunday.

"I didn't know whether to be happy or disappointed"- Saab on Dragons debut

Key match-ups
Corey Norman v Clint Gutherson

Two former teammates come head to head in what will be a potentially game-defining match up.

As captain and fullback, Gutherson plays a significant role for the Eels and has been a leading force behind their current flurry of victories. Gutherson has five tries, six line breaks, nine try assists, 36 tackle breaks and averages 164 metres per game.

While Norman has only recently shifted to fullback after playing the majority of the season in the halves, his influence over the Dragons should not be understated. He racked up one line break assist and produced the game's second-most metres (141) in last week's loss to the Rabbitohs.

Tariq Sims v Manu Ma'u

It doesn’t get much scarier than Tariq Sims and Manu Ma’u staring each other down in the heat of battle.

Each player acts as an enforcer for their sides, using big hits and aggressive running to their advantage. Sims has made the third-most runs for the Dragons this season (204), racking up five line breaks, 26 tackle breaks and 1772 metres in the process.

Ma’u commenced his season following injury in Round 7 and wasted no time going back to his old ways. The Tongan international has scored two tries this season, with two line break assists and 1431 running metres.

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