2020 Super League – Huddersfield Giants vs St. Helens Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Huddersfield Giants vs St. Helens taking place? Friday 4th September, 2020 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Huddersfield Giants vs St. Helens taking place? Emerald Headingley Stadium

What is the expected weather for Huddersfield Giants vs St. Helens? 15c, partly cloudy

What channel is Huddersfield Giants vs St. Helens on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Huddersfield Giants vs St. Helens? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Huddersfield Giants vs St. Helens? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? St. Helens 10-12 Huddersfield Giants

THE TEAM NEWS

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield Giants’ poor start to the resumption of Super League continued as they lost for the third game in succession as they produced a poor performance against Hull FC and the Giants could be in for further misery as they come up against St. Helens.
  • The Giants fell apart in the first half against the Black and Whites as they allowed their opponents to build a 0-28 lead and despite pulling that back to 12-28, it was not enough as Hull held on to condemn Huddersfield to a 12-31 defeat.
  • To make matters worse for the Giants, they are now facing an injury crisis that saw them train with just 16 fit players on Wednesday and they have doubts surrounding numerous players named in the 21-man squad with key man Aidan Sezer among those.

21-man squad: Butterworth, Cudjoe, Edwards, English, Gavet, Hewit, Holmes, Lawrence, McGillvary, McIntosh, O’Brien, Russell, L. Senior, Sezer, Trout, Turner, Ja. Wardle, Jo. Wardle, Wilson, Wood, Young

Unavailable: Jon Luke Kirby (Injured), Chester Butler (Injured), Aaron Murphy (Injured), Adam Walne (Injured), Lee Gaskell (Injured), Ukuma Ta’ai (Injured), Ashton Golding (Injured), Suaia Matagi (Suspended)

Questionable: Darnell McIntosh, Michael Lawrence, Aidan Sezer, Kenny Edwards, Joe Wardle, Jake Wardle

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens were given a scare by Hull KR last week but they did enough to seal another victory to maintain their strong start following the restart and the reigning champions remain hot on the heels of Wigan Warriors at the top of Super League.
  • Saints looked like they were in for a comfortable afternoon as they raced into a 0-12 lead but they were pegged back by Rovers to head in level at the break and it required a solid showing in the second half to ensure the win as they claimed an 18-32 success.
  • Morgan Knowles will come back into contention after he missed out last week but there is no place for the injured James Roby who suffered a head knock while Zeb Taia has also been unable to shake off a groin injury.

21-man squad: Amor, Ashworth, Batchelor, Bentley, Coote, Costello, Dodd, Eaves, Fages, Grace, Graham, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Peyroux, Simm, Smith, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: Tommy Makinson (Suspended), Mark Percival (Injured), Zeb Taia (Injured), James Roby (Injured)

Questionable: Morgan Knowles, Theo Fages

THE PREDICTION

Huddersfield Giants failed to fire with both of their first-choice halves missing last week and with some serious availability issues developing for the Giants, they could be in for further disappointment here. They defeated St. Helens in their last clash earlier in the season but Huddersfield’s side is likely to look very different to that day and Saints are likely to take advantage. Despite missing some key talent themselves, the reigning champions have plenty in reserve and having won all four matches since the restart, they can extend that run with a win by at least 20 points in this clash at Headingley.

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