2018 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 20th May, 13:00

Where? St James’ Park

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

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

Are tickets still available? http://www.rugby-league.com/tickets/magic_weekend

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bennion, Bibby, Evalds, Flanagan, Griffin, Hauraki, Johnson, Kopczak, Littlejohn, Lui, McCarthy, Mossop, Murray, Olpherts, Sa’u, Tasi, Tomkins, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Manu Vatuvei, Josh Jones, Kriss Brinning, Ben Nakubuwai, Luke Burgess, Ryan Lannon

  • Salford have suffered a miserable couple of weeks with them losing to Championship side Leigh last week which compounded their 30-0 defeat at the hands of Wigan in their previous Super League game.

  • Ben Nakubuwai misses out after suffering a head knock last week but in good news for the Red Devils, halfback Rob Lui returns after a month on the sidelines.

  • Salford have won just one of their seven away games this season with their four other wins this season coming on home soil.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Anderson, Baitieri, Bird, Bousquet, Broughton, Casty, Da Costa, Drinkwater, Garcia, Gigot, Jullien, Maria, McIlorum, Mead, Moa, Simon, Thornley, Tierney, Wiliame

Unavailable: Paul Aiton, Fouad Yaha, Lucas Albert, Thibaud Margalet, Samisoni Langi

  • Catalans comfortably saw off League 1 side Whitehaven in their Challenge Cup contest last week in what they’ll hope will be a confidence booster for their battle to avoid the Middle 8s. Their last league outing saw them keep league leaders St Helens within touching distance but the Dragons never really looked good enough to win as they went down 26-12.

  • Samisoni Langi misses out with an injury but Catalans are boosted by the return of David Mead after missing the last two games.

  • Catalans have failed to win a single game away from home all season with their record standing at 0-6.

THE PREDICTION

Day 2 of the Magic Weekend kicks off with two teams who have shared just one win away from home all season. Salford and Catalans have both struggled on the road but this game on a neutral venue presents them with the chance to show they can play away from home soil. Salford will need a big reaction following a couple of terrible results but are boosted by the return of halfback Rob Lui. Catalans have shown some signs of life in recent weeks but will need to up their game again to get the win here. This could be a close game but it’s the French outfit that can claim the spoils.