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The Warriors welcome the Eels to the Central Coast high on confidence and dreaming of the most unlikely of finals berths.

After proving too good for the Knights last weekend, the Warriors face a Parramatta side needing to re-establish their premiership credentials.

All this from a team that has been on the road for almost five months.

After copping a 38-0 hiding from South Sydney in their last start, the Eels need to start winning again to assure themselves of a spot in the top four.

The rundown

Team news

Warriors: The team based on NSW's Central Coast will start 1-17 after Paul Turner and Tom Ale were left out an hour before the match. Eels loan players George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro can't play against Parramatta and Eliesa Katoa (hand) is out injured. Gerard Beale comes in on the wing, Jack Murchie starts in the back row and Josh Curran and Isaiah Papali'i join the bench.

Adam Keighran dropped out of the team's initial 20-man squad on Saturday. Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has scored four tries in his past three games.

Eels: Parramatta will start 1-17 after Haze Dunster and Andrew Davey were the two players omitted an hour before kick-off. Jai Field comes in at five-eighth after the ankle injury to Dylan Brown. Marata Niukore returns from suspension in place of Andrew Davey on the bench.

Brad Takairangi and Stefano Utoikamanu were omitted from the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off. The Eels have scored only 40 points in their past four games.

Key match-up

Chanel Harris-Tavita v Mitchell Moses. Harris-Tavita is quickly establishing himself as a real force in the NRL. If he is able to outplay Moses on Sunday afternoon his star will continue to rise and the Warriors' late charge for a finals berth will gather even more momentum.

In last Saturday's big win over the Knights the 21-year-old was in total control, forcing two line dropouts, kicking for 387 metres and making one line break.

Stat attack

The Eels missed 41 tackles in their loss to the Rabbitohs last weekend. If they get anywhere near that total against the Warriors they are in for another tough 80 minutes. The Warriors, on the other hand, missed just 20 tackles in their impressive win over the Knights.