2019 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Friday 6th September, 19:45

Where is Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons taking place? The DW Stadium

What channel is Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons on in the UK? Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match in the UK? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons?

Wigan Warriors – https://www.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/Events/Index

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

THE TEAM NEWS

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Adrian Lam

Squad: Burgess, Byrne, Clubb, Farrell, French, Gildart, Greenwood, Hankinson, Hardaker, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, Partington, Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Smithies, Williams

Unavailable: Gabe Hamlin, Dom Manfredi, Tom Davies, Joe Bullock, Sean O’Loughlin, Ben Flower, Jarrod Sammut

  • Wigan made it five wins in a row but did not have things their own way in a controversial victory over Wakefield last week and will want to put in a better display as they host Catalans, a side they defeated 42-0 on their last visit to the DW Stadium.
  • The Warriors still have a few players on the sidelines with the game coming a week too soon for the likes of Sean O’Loughlin and Ben Flower and that may mean that Adrian Lam names an unchanged side for this game.
  • There is just a single change to the 19-man squad that was named last week with Amir Bourouh replaced by fellow youngster Harry Smith who would make his Wigan debut if selected.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Belmas, Bird, Bousquet, Da Costa, Edwards, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Maria, McIlorum, Romano, Simon, Tierney, Tomkins, Wiliame, Whitley

Unavailable: Sam Moa, Jodie Broughton, Fouad Yaha, Ben Garcia, Remi Casty, David Mead, Tony Gigot

  • Catalans’ season looks like ending in disappointment with the top 5 almost certainly out of their reach after losing their third consecutive game last week with another poor display against Hull KR and they would need a miracle to make the play-offs from this point.
  • Sam Tomkins will make a welcome return for the Dragons after serving the last of a three-match ban against Hull KR whilst Alrix Da Costa is also back in the 19-man squad after missing out last week.
  • David Mead is out along with Tony Gigot although it remains to be seen if the latter has been dropped or is injured following a scathing interview by Catalans chairman Bernard Guasch who attacked Gigot’s attitude ahead of his impending departure from the club.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan remain one of the form teams in the league and now have a chance to really build ahead of the play-offs as they host a struggling Catalans outfit. The French side have looked awful in their last three games and even the return of Sam Tomkins here may not stop the Warriors putting on a big score. Catalans’ season is petering out with the play-offs looking a forlorn hope and that can allow Wigan to take advantage.

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