All Blacks v Lions Head-To-Head - The tourists' starting XV edge it over the Kiwis
The British and Irish Lions will face New Zealand in the first of the three-Test series in Auckland on Saturday.
Here, we examine the head-to-head battles in the two line-ups for the Eden Park showdown.
New Zealand, Ben Smith: The world's best full-back and a talent who can decide a match on his own
Lions, Liam Williams: Preferred to Leigh Halfpenny, Williams must reprise the fine form he showed in Tuesday's 34-6 Chiefs win.
VERDICT: Smith shades it over Williams on reputation, but the Lions man could still wield a big impact on proceedings.
New Zealand, Israel Dagg: Picked ahead of Waisake Naholo and Julian Savea, a true threat in broken-field play.
Lions, Elliot Daly: The Wasps flyer boasts a fine kicking and counter-attacking game, and balances out the Lions' back-three options.
VERDICT: Daly could edge this one on versatility. The England star will need a perfect game to do just that, however.
New Zealand, Ryan Crotty: A midfield playmaker operating at outside centre, or just a numbers switch with Sonny Bill Williams? Crotty could pose the Lions a lot of problems if he lurks in the 13 channel in a bid to find a chink in the tourists' rush defence.
Lions, Jonathan Davies: A bullish operator who has been in fine form and showing smart footwork. Will never lack for industry or graft either.
VERDICT: Too close to call, so will come down to which team creates the most space for their 13.
New Zealand, Sonny Bill Williams: The wrecking-ball centre's supreme offloading ability could be enough to win the game on its own.
Lions, Ben Te'o: England star Te'o has bested Williams before in their rugby league days in Sydney. Must be at his muscular best to shut out his opponent.
VERDICT: Too close to call, but their collisions will be utterly compelling.
New Zealand, Rieko Ioane: The 20-year-old Blues star has sped through the All Blacks ranks, very highly rated.
Lions, Anthony Watson: The England flyer is the tourists' arch finisher. Seriously rapid and can conjure something from nothing.
VERDICT: Watson should have the edge here, if he heeds boss Warren Gatland's requests to back himself and go all-out in attack.
New Zealand, Beauden Barrett: The most dangerous fly-half in world rugby, Barrett's kick-pass threat is a huge weapon that the Lions may struggle to close down.
Lions, Owen Farrell: A serious challenger to Barrett's status as number one Test 10. Farrell has the chance here to alter that thinking, and his steely focus suggests he will not wilt.
VERDICT: Barrett boasts a wider skill-set but Farrell the unrelenting drive. Given half a chance though, Farrell could shut down his rival.
New Zealand, Aaron Smith: A sniping, pest of a scrum-half who boasts sterling passing abilities.
Lions, Conor Murray: The world's best kicking scrum-half. Can elevate himself to new levels again in this series.
VERDICT: Murray takes the edge here.
New Zealand, Joe Moody: A solid operator with smart technical skills.
Lions, Tadhg Furlong: The Ireland tighthead has excelled in the last 12 months.
VERDICT: Furlong can expect to dominate this particular battle.
New Zealand, Codie Taylor: Understudy to the injured Dane Coles but still top quality.
Lions, Jamie George: A real hard man with top-drawer technique and no little grit.
VERDICT: George has the edge here and the Lions will want to turn the screw in the front-row.
New Zealand, Owen Franks: A vastly experienced campaigner and wily operator in the set-piece.
Lions, Mako Vunipola: An increasingly durable scrummager and a potent threat around the field.
VERDICT: Vunipola could take control here.
New Zealand, Brodie Retallick: The best lock on the planet, his playmaking abilities astound at times and bolt onto supremacy in all his main duties.
Lions, Alun Wyn Jones: The Wales battler knows just how to dominate a tight exchange and will need all that nous here.
VERDICT: Retallick can claim the advantage in this match-up.
New Zealand, Sam Whitelock: Another stellar operator for the hosts, forges a formidable partnership with Retallick.
Lions, George Kruis: The Saracens star has shouldered extra leadership in New Zealand and is in fine form.
VERDICT: Kruis can shade this, but only just. A titanic battle.
New Zealand, Jerome Kaino: The veteran Blues star is the All Blacks' enforcer. Not boasting the legs of old, but still a wily performer.
Lions, Peter O'Mahony (capt): The fiery Munster captain can set the Lions' tone with a tub-thumping turn on Saturday.
VERDICT: O'Mahony has the focused fury to take the edge in this encounter.
New Zealand, Sam Cane: The heir to Richie McCaw's throne. Still battling to reach the almost unattainable levels of his predecessor.
Lions, Sean O'Brien: A bullish, ball-carrying battler who will slug it out with the best of them. In top form, the All Blacks fear his line-breaking abilities.
VERDICT: O'Brien can bludgeon his way to the edge in this one.
New Zealand, Kieran Read (capt): One of the finest around, but in his first game back after a thumb injury so may be undercooked.
Lions, Taulupe Faletau: Dubbed the best player on the Lions tour so far by captain Peter O'Mahony.
VERDICT: Read could sneak ahead here, but only if he is at full throttle and not hampered by the thumb concern.