Catalans Dragons vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

The Lowdown

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans fell to their sixth defeat in their last seven Super League games when only scoring six points in their loss against Widnes last Sunday.
  • The Dragons must do without influential captain Greg Bird through injury, with Lucas Albert and Jordan Dezaira also missing through injury and suspension respectively. Louis Anderson, Julian Bousquet and Nabil Djalout - who could make his Super League debut - take their places in the squad.
  • Catalans held on to their top 8 place despite the Widnes defeat but now sit just a point ahead of Huddersfield who have a game in hand on the Dragons.

Head Coach: Jérôme Guisset and Michael Monaghan

Squad: Paul Aiton, Louis Anderson, Julian Bousquet, Remi Casty, Alrix Da Costa, Nabil Djalout, Vincent Duport, Tony Gigot, Krisnan Inu, Thibaut Margalet, Sam Moa, Richie Myler, Ugo Perez, Arthur Romano, Paul Seguier, Mickael Simon, Iain Thornley, Luke Walsh, Fouad Yaha

Unavailable: Jordan Dezaria (Suspended), Justin Horo (Injured), Luke Burgess (Knee), Jason Baitieri (Wrist), Jodie Broughton (Injured), Ben Garcia (Injured), Thomas Bosc (Injured), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Greg Bird (Injured), Lucas Albert (Injured)

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield recorded their most comprehensive win of the season on Sunday as they beat Warrington 44-4, a result which saw the Giants leapfrog the Wolves on points difference.
  • Rick Stone makes just one change to his 19-man squad from the Warrington game as on-loan Leigh Centurions half Martyn Ridyard replaces Darnell McIntosh.
  • Huddersfield have won three of the their last six Super League matches and now sit within striking distance of the top 8. A win here would see them overtake their opponents and end the weekend inside the top 8.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Leroy Cudjoe, Dale Ferguson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Jake Mamo, Nathan Mason, Jermaine McGillvary, Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy, Adam O'Brien, Sam Rapira, Martyn Ridyard, Oliver Roberts, Jordan Turner, Shannon Wakeman

Unavailable: Tom Symonds (Knee), Ukuma Ta’ai (Back), Michael Lawrence (Knee)

Analysis - what to expect
These two sides meet for the second time in three weeks after Huddersfield came out on top between the two teams at Magic Weekend. It looks like a hugely important game for both sides and could play a big part in determining where the two finish the regular season when it splits. With just six games left of the regular season, a win here for Huddersfield would see them sitting inside the top 8 ahead of their opponents, as well as having a game in hand. Their away form is poor but should win here and leave Catalans with just one win in eight.