The Dragons are preparing for a local derby against Cronulla-Sutherland on Sunday, with the match to take place in Sharks territory.

However, having the home ground advantage hasn't benefited the Sharks in recent times, with the Dragons winning four of their past five matches at Pointsbet Stadium.

Overall, the Dragons also claim a slightly better record, winning 22 of 44 matches against Cronulla, leaving 20 wins for the Sharks with two draws thrown into the mix.

Cronulla boasts a better attacking ranking (seventh) and defensive ranking (10th), compared to the Dragons' (11th attack; 15th defence) this season. 

The Dragons start to make some ground up on their opposition in discipline and control, boasting a season completion rate of 76 per cent compared to Cronulla's 73 per cent.

The Sharks have the league's worst discipline (241 errors).

Danger man
Shaun Johnson

After flying across the ditch to Cronulla this season, Shaun Johnson has become the spark to the Sharks' attack.

As one of the most lethal attacking players in the competition, the former Golden Boot winner has rediscovered his attacking ways in recent weeks.

Johnson put a mid-season form slump behind him to produce six try assists and three line breaks in his past four appearances. On top of his three tries, 10 forced dropouts and 12 line break assists for the season, Johnson is one the Dragons will need to contain on Sunday.

Key match ups
Corey Norman v Matt Moylan

Two similar fullbacks with different strengths will square off in this entertaining face-off.

Norman and Moylan are both skillful players and are key cogs in their respective sides' attack. Moylan is one of the most dangerous ball runners in the competition but has been struggling in 2019 compared to his feats in previous years. However, Moylan still has 7 try assists, 10 line break assists and is well overdue to find the try line still yet to score in 2019. 

Norman on the other hand can create a try-scoring opportunity out of nowhere and is always a threat with the ball in hand. Averaging 140 metres in his past three matches and his season tally of 12 try assists confirms Norman's attacking potential.

Tyson Frizell v Wade Graham

Teammates in both New South Wales Australian camps but on Sunday, Frizell and Graham on their day are their respective teams most influential players.

An injury affected year has seen Graham only return to the NRL with five matches so far this season. Since recovering from injury, Graham has collected three line breaks and one try in his brief time back.

Frizell has been one of the most consistent forwards in the Dragons' line up this season with 508 tackles, 1545 running metres, 11 offloads and an impressive 68 post contact metres last round against the Titans.