2019 Super League – St. Helens vs Castleford Tigers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Castleford Tigers taking place? Friday 30th August, 19:45

Where is St. Helens vs Castleford Tigers taking place? Totally Wicked Stadium

What channel is St. Helens vs Castleford Tigers 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 St. Helens vs Castleford Tigers?

St. Helens – https://www.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

Castleford Tigers – https://tigers.mysportstickets.co.uk/

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Bentley, Costello, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Paulo, Percival, Richardson, Roby, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: Matty Lees, Aaron Smith, Lachlan Coote, Dom Peyroux

  • St. Helens will want to quickly bounce back from their Challenge Cup final defeat as they turn their attention on making the Grand Final and that begins with a home game against in-form Castleford.

  • Saints have made a couple of changes to their squad and could make more to their team before kick-off as they look to keep their squad fresh following last week's energy-sapping game but the majority will back up.

  • Lachlan Coote is out with the head knock that he picked up last week whilst Dom Peyroux is also rested due to carrying a minor niggle with their places in the 19-man squad taken by Jack Welsby and Matty Costello.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Blair, Clare, Ellis, Holmes, Maher, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, O’Neill, Rankin, Sene-Lefao, Smith, Trueman, Turner, Watts

Unavailable: Luke Gale, Alex Foster, Michael Shenton, Junior Moors, Greg Eden

  • Castleford have gone under the radar recently but four wins from their last five games has put them in a good position to make the top 5 although that run will be severely tested as they travel to top-of-the-table St. Helens.

  • The Tigers could welcome back some of their injured stars before the season is out in what could be a big boost to their play-off chances and one of those will return this week with Liam Watts coming back into contention sooner than anticipated.

  • Calum Turner has also received a call-up to the squad and could make a rare appearance with Cory Aston and Tuoyo Egodo making way which could mean a new face on the wing for the Tigers.

THE PREDICTION

St. Helens were outplayed in the Challenge Cup final last week as an error-strewn performance killed any hope they had of picking up a second trophy of the year. They will look to start righting the wrongs of that display against Castleford and can make it seven wins in a row against the Tigers. Castleford have not beaten Saints away from home in the league since 1990 which demonstrates the task ahead of them and they look set to go another year without a win in this one.

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