2019 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Friday 9th August, 19:45

Where is Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Emerald Headingley Stadium

What channel is Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

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

Where can I get tickets for Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons?

Leeds Rhinos – https://tickets.therhinos.co.uk/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/ProductHome.aspx?ProductSubType=HL

Catalans Dragons – https://www.dragons-billetterie.com/uk

THE TEAM NEWS

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Richard Agar

Squad: L. Briscoe, Cuthbertson, Donaldson, Dwyer, Ferres, Handley, Hurrell, Lui, Lunt, Martin, Merrin, Myler, Newman, Peteru, Seumanufagai, Singleton, Smith, L. Sutcliffe, Walker

Unavailable: Dom Crosby, Stevie Ward, Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe

  • Leeds produced a tremendous display as they overcame relegation rivals Huddersfield thanks to a comprehensive performance in which they racked up 44 unanswered points to open up a gap of two points over bottom team London.

  • The Rhinos will be without winger Tom Briscoe for the rest of the season after he suffered an ACL injury against Huddersfield last week and is replaced by his younger brother Luke in this week’s 19-man squad.

  • That is the only change to Richard Agar’s squad and could be the only change to the 17 from last week too after such a comprehensive display although Leeds will be monitoring several players who appeared to pick up slight knocks against the Giants.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Belmas, Bird, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Edwards, Garcia, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Maria, Mead, Romano, Simon, Tierney, Wiliame, Whitley

Unavailable: Jason Baitieri, Sam Moa, Jodie Broughton, Sam Tomkins, Michael McIlorum, Fouad Yaha, Samisoni Langi

  • Catalans proved too good for Warrington to give their play-off hopes a real shot in the arm as they defeated the team in second place but will have a tough task to back that up this week as they head to Leeds.

  • The Dragons were set to be without five players following their unsavoury clash with Warrington but managed to overturn charges laid against Brayden Wiliame, Kenny Edwards and Mickael Simon.

  • They will however be without key pair Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum along with Fouad Yaha and Samisoni Langi who picked up knocks last week with Lucas Albert, Lambert Belmas, Lewis Tierney and Benjamin Jullien coming in to the 19-man squad.

THE PREDICTION

Leeds can move even further away from relegation trouble with a win here and they could do just that as they face an under-strength Catalans. The away side will be missing two key men through suspension following last week's ugly scenes and have also lost a further two to injury. Those losses will be difficult to overcome for the Dragons and Leeds can capitalise to earn another much-needed victory.

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