Paul Whatuira to debut for Eels against Panthers

The Pirtek Parramatta Eels will play at Parramatta Stadium for the first time in 2011 this Friday night when they take on the Penrith Panthers in a blockbuster local derby.

The Eels have made just one change to the side that defeated the Warriors in Round 1 with Paul Whatuira making his debut for the Eels in the centres, coming in for the injured Chris Walker.

Winger Luke Burt, who passed 1500 career points last weekend in a 16-point haul, is now just one try away from Brett Kenny's club record of 110 tries.

A huge home crowd is expected to welcome coach Stephen Kearney to Parramatta Stadium for the first time and he is keen to make the Eels' home games as difficult as possible for oppositions.