2018 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 21st July, 17:00

Where? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Action

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

Are tickets still available? https://www.dragons-billetterie.com/uk/meeting/738/dragons-vs-salford/stade-gilbert-brutus-perpignan/21-07-2018/18h00

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Anderson, Baitieri, Bird, Bousquet, Broughton, Casty, Drinkwater, Edwards, Garcia, Gigot, Jullien, Langi, McIlorum, Mead, Moa, Simon, Tierney, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Paul Aiton, Lucas Albert, Thibaud Margalet, Antoni Maria

  • Catalans continued their impressive form as they claimed a point away at Warrington last week. The Dragons slotted a 71st minute penalty thanks to Josh Drinkwater with that goal enough to level the scores at 22-all.

  • Jodie Broughton is fit again and takes his place in the 19-man squad with Mickael Goudemand the man to make way.

  • Catalans are unbeaten in seven of their last eight Super League contests and require just one win from their final two games to ensure that they qualify for the Super 8s.

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bibby, Burke, Chamberlain, Evalds, Flanagan, Jones, Kopczak, Lannon, Lui, McCarthy, Mossop, Murray, Nakubuwai, Nzoungou, Olpherts, Sa’u, Shorrocks, Tasi, Wood

Unavailable: Kriss Brinning, Jack Littlejohn, Kris Welham, Greg Johnson, Logan Tomkins, Jackson Hastings, Luke Burgess

  • A poor second half showing prevented Salford from claiming a confidence-boosting win over Castleford last week. The Red Devils were level at half-time but allowed the Tigers to score 18 unanswered points after the break as they went down 6-24.

  • Luke Burgess drops out of the 19-man squad with a knee injury. His place is taken by Niall Evalds who makes a welcome return after a long period on the sidelines with a broken bone in his leg.

  • Salford’s loss last week was their eighth in nine Super League games and that defeat confirmed that the Red Devils will have to take part in the Middle 8s in a bid to retain their Super League status.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans have an 18-point start with the bookmakers ahead of this game, highlighting the difference in direction both teams have taken over the last three months. Catalans are unbeaten in seven of their last eight Super League games whilst Salford have won just one from their last nine. The Red Devils are on a desperate run of form with poor performances evident during that period whilst the Dragons are one of the form teams in the league after some superb efforts. Catalans haven’t lost at home since April and that isn’t about to change here with a big win on the cards.