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05 Apr 2019 by Ash Wheldon

2019 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens taking place? Saturday 6th April, 17:00

Where is Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens taking place? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What channel is Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens?

Catalans Dragons – https://www.dragons-billetterie.com/uk

St. Helens – https://www.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

THE TEAM NEWS

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Bird, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Moa, Romano, Smith, Tierney, Tomkins, Whitley, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, David Mead, Ben Garcia, Mickael Simon, Michael McIlorum, Kenny Edwards

  • Catalans conceded 40 points and were nilled in the same game for the second time this season as Wigan blew them away last week to highlight some real issues for the French outfit.

  • The Dragons are missing the influence of Michael McIlorum at hooker with their attacking play lacking any direction without him and Matty Smith is struggling to guide his side around the pitch at halfback.

  • Catalans are able to call upon one of their injured players this week in the shape of Benjamin Jullien but his return is tempered by the loss of Kenny Edwards in another big blow to the Dragons.

ST. HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Coote, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, Naiqama, Paulo, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Roby, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: Theo Fages, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

  • St. Helens were given a scare as they had to overturn a half-time deficit to beat Hull KR last week to maintain their 100% record and now travel to the south of France looking to make it nine wins from nine this season.

  • Saints rested James Roby, Alex Walmsley, Mark Percival and Zeb Taia last week but all four should return against the Dragons, though the league leaders will be without a couple of players this week.

  • Theo Fages is set to miss a few games due to injury whilst Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook hasn’t travelled, with his partner due to give birth, which opens the door for Danny Richardson to make his first appearance of the year whilst Jack Welsby comes into the 19-man, squad following his late addition to the team against Hull KR last week.

THE PREDICTION

St. Helens' decision to rest some of their key men almost came back to bite them but with those players back in the side after a week off, they can get on top of Catalans in the south of France. The Dragons were shocking again last week and look defunct of ideas in attack, with Saints able to maintain their 100% record. Danny Richardson will have a point to prove as he makes his first appearance of the year and although Saints will be weaker without Theo Fages, they should still have far too much for Catalans.

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