2020 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors taking place? Saturday 12th September, 2020 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors taking place? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What is the expected weather for Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors? 30c, cloudy

What channel is Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Wigan Warriors 46-12 Catalans Dragons

THE TEAM NEWS

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans Dragons’ solid start to the season was brought to a halt as they were forced to sit on the sidelines following their Challenge Cup success against Wakefield Trinity as a COVID-19 precaution.
  • They will now return to Super League action hoping to carry on where they left off having won their last three games in all competitions with all eyes on their flourishing attack with Sam Tomkins back in the mix following a ban.
  • Catalans do have a handful of players unavailable for selection including David Mead, Michael McIlorum and Josh Drinkwater which will result in a few big changes to their side while Tom Davies is also out and will miss out on a reunion with his former colleagues.

21-man squad: Albert, Baitieri, Belmas, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Folau, Garcia, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Maloney, Maria, Mourgue, Romano, Tierney, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Whitley, Yaha

Unavailable: Sam Moa, Michael McIlorum, Josh Drinkwater, David Mead, Tom Davies

Questionable:

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan Warriors surrendered top spot in Super League as they suffered a shock loss against bottom side Hull KR last week and the Warriors will need to make huge improvements after their attack was shut down in that contest.
  • Rovers thoroughly deserved their 34-18 success with the Warriors struggling to break the Hull KR defence down while their own defence also let them down as their opponents found it easy to roll up the field.
  • In a big boost for Wigan, they have named Sean O’Loughlin their 21-man squad for the first time since the restart and he is joined by Ethan Havard, Joe Bullock and George Burgess with the banned Ben Flower making way along with Chris Hankinson, Liam Byrne and Amir Bourouh.

21-man squad: Bibby, Bullock, G. Burgess, J. Burgess, Clark, Farrell, French, Gildart, Greenwood, Hardaker, Hastings, Havard, Isa, Leuluai, Manfredi, O’Loughlin, Partington, Powell, Jo. Shorrocks, Smith, Wells

Unavailable: Tony Clubb, Jake Shorrocks, Liam Marshall, Morgan Smithies, Ben Flower

Questionable: Sean O’Loughlin, George Burgess

THE PREDICTION

Wigan Warriors were poor last week as they were surprisingly turned over by Hull KR in their top vs bottom clash. They will need to greatly improve here but it will be a tall order as they travel to France to face Catalans Dragons. In their first home match since the restart, the Dragons will host a crowd of around 5,000 in what should be a big boost to them after they had been forced to miss out recently as a coronavirus precaution. They were on fire before they were sidelined but they can carry on where they left off to highlight their credentials by claiming the victory here.

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