The Panthers will be happy to get the season up-and-running after their poor trial loss to a second-string Bulldogs side, the off-field drama about the likes of Bryce Cartwright and Matt Moylan leaving the club, and the rumours that coach Anthony Griffin has lost the dressing room.
James Maloney plays his first regular season match in the No.6 jersey alongside halves partner Nathan Cleary. Jarryd Hayne will make his return in Eels colours at centre, while Bevan French has been given first crack at the No.1 jersey while Clint Gutherson recovers from an ACL injury.
The Wolf is expecting a Top 4 finish for the Eels this year and expects them to be strong in the Battle of the West.
We head to Flemington & Randwick this week where The Wolf has cast his eye and found a few very nice bets. He is coming off a very strong Wednesday where his best bet Tip Top saluted at $2 & Oriental ...