Canberra’s season is over and with four back-to-back losses, the last thing they want is to be facing the red-hot Sydney Roosters. The Sydney side will go back to the top of the NRL ladder with a win here and they will fancy their chances against the Raiders.
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New Zealand Warriors can secure their place in the top 8 with a win here against a Canterbury side looking for a win to help boost their chances of avoiding the wooden spoon. The Warriors were comfortable winners last week to ensure they maintained their four-point lead over Wests Tigers.
Catalans host Wigan with the Dragons likely to be distracted by the Challenge Cup final next week. They rested a host of stars last week and will rest some again this week as they have little to play for in the league whereas they could lift their first piece of silverware at Wembley next week.
14 matches without a win now for St Lucia and the Stars are giving little confidence that they can reverse this horrific run dating back to 2016. The Knight Riders are not in great form themselves and are vulnerable to a potential upset, but they have quality all over their team.
While both teams will play for the win, they are both relying on Sussex losing to qualify for the quarter-finals. Surrey have the edge in form and with Finch in the side, they are difficult to beat in his current form.
Middlesex are absolutely woeful right now and do not look like winning a game. Sussex are on fire and need to get the win, and although they are without Rashid Khan, they still have plenty of quality in their bowling attack.
A great match to conclude the North Group as the winner will progress to the quarter-finals. Both teams have some form coming into this game but Notts will likely have the edge in confidence given they beat Yorkshire comfortably last week.
Having found themselves top for a large portion of the season, the Dragons ended Round 22 outside of the top 4 after they were hammered by Parramatta, the team who have been bottom all season. To make matters worse, the Dragons lost influential captain Gareth Widdop to injury.
North Queensland face a tough task to avoid the wooden spoon after falling to last place on the ladder, even though they beat Brisbane last week. The Cowboys dropped a place on points difference and now face a difficult game against Cronulla with star man Jason Taumalolo out through suspension.
Penrith are developing a reputation of leaving things late to earn wins as they won their third game on the trot. It was also the third consecutive game that they have needed late points to get themselves back in the contest with last week seeing them win the game in golden point against Gold Coast.
TSZ has scoured the press conferences to bring FPL bosses the most up-to-date team news ahead of Saturday's 11.30am deadline, along with predicted line-ups for all 20 Premier League clubs.
Huddersfield’s incredible run continued last week as they defeated league leaders St Helens away from home. That was the Giants’ tenth win from their last 11 matches and the belief in their camp is that they can still make the top 4 but that run must continue against Hull to stand any chance.
Castleford host Warrington in an important top 4 clash. With Wigan currently occupying second place - a spot that will come with a home semi-final at the end of the season - one of these two could be out of the picture with a loss in this game coupled with a Wigan win at Catalans on Saturday.