The two teams last met in the competition final last year, in which the Bulldogs prevailed 37-16 in a fiery battle at the BCI Stadium.
The Bulldogs, who made a jittery start to their 2018 season, have lost one, drawn one and won three matches so far.
The Meti Noovao-coached side lost to Tupapa Panthers in the third round and were held by the Arorangi Bears in round two.
Bulldogs defeated Aitutaki Sharks, Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles and had a close win against TKV Warriors last week.
Eels, on the other hand, remain unbeaten after five matches, overcoming the Sharks, Sea Eagles, Bears and Warriors. The side drew its match against the Panthers 14-all.
Heading into today’s clash, Bulldogs will rely on their big forwards guided by the likes of Oswell (Ozzy) Tunupoupou and Mark Tuaati to push through a resilient Eels wall.
They will need to create opportunities for their backline, which is bolstered with the Fijian and Samoan imports.
The Terry Piri-coached Eels have enjoyed good form lately. Against the Panthers at home last week the side started off well before losing momentum to a brilliant comeback from the visitors in the second half.
Eels will be guided by their senior player Clive Nicholas and aided by the likes of Logan Perenisi, Lui Nicholas, Feleti Iona, Lai Rogorogoivalu, Tua Ravula and Samu Alafua. The team is likely to miss the services of key player Tokerau Raru, who is reportedly injured.
In the other premier match today, Warriors will host the Sea Eagles at Happy Valley. The premier matches will kick off at 4.30pm.
The unbeaten Panthers are on a bye this weekend.
Titikaveka Bulldogs v Eels; 3pm Premier Reserves; 4.30pm Premiers. Happy Valley at 11am: Junior Development; 1.30pm Under 19s Sea Eagles v Bears; 3pm Premiers Reserves Warriors v Panthers; 4.30pm Premiers Warriors v Sea Eagles.