2020 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Catalans Dragons Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Castleford Tigers vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Saturday 8th August, 2020 – 16:15 (UK)

Where is Castleford Tigers vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Emerald Headingley Stadium

What is the expected weather for Castleford Tigers vs Catalans Dragons? 22c, mostly cloudy

What channel is Castleford Tigers vs Catalans Dragons on? Sky Sports Arena

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

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Catalans Dragons 36-18 Castleford Tigers

THE TEAM NEWS

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford Tigers will restart their Super League campaign in a strong position after they defeated defending champions St. Helens in their final game before the season was temporarily curtailed.
  • The Tigers had won five of their seven matches but their record now stands at 4-2 after their victory over Toronto Wolfpack was removed from the record books, although they remain in the top four ahead of this fixture.
  • Daryl Powell has a handful of injury issues to deal with ahead of his side’s return to action with Liam Watts and Jesse Sene-Lefao among those who will be sidelined but it will not prevent the Castleford head coach from selecting a strong 17.

21-man squad: Clare, Eden, Foster, Griffin, Hepi, Hodgson, Holmes, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Moors, Olpherts, O’Neill, Peachey, Richardson, Shenton, Trueman, Turner

Unavailable: Liam Watts (Injured), Jesse Sene-Lefao (Injured), Daniel Smith (Injured), Cheyse Blair (Injured), Sosaia Feki (Injured)

Questionable:

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans Dragons did not do themselves justice on their return to action as they were outclassed by St. Helens last week and they will have to show big improvements on that effort if they are to avoid another loss here.
  • The Dragons were poor on both sides of the ball as they struggled to take their chances when they made it into St. Helens’ 20m zone and they also allowed their opponents to break their line on too many occasions.
  • Sam Tomkins remains on the sidelines due to his suspension and he is now joined by Michael McIlorum who collected a knock last week but Mickael Goudemand makes a welcome return to the 21-man squad.

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

Unavailable: Sam Tomkins (Suspended), David Mead (Injured), Lewis Tierney (Injured), Mikael Simon (Injured), Michael McIlorum (Injured)

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

Catalans Dragons were poor on their return to action last week and they may find it tough going again with Michael McIlorum joining their list of unavailable players. They were restricted with the ball and struggled to defend their line with St. Helens proving too good for them in the 34-6 defeat. They now face a Castleford Tigers side that started the season well and will be hoping to kick-on as they restart their campaign. The Tigers will look to solidify their spot in the top four and they can do just that with Daryl Powell’s side able to win by at least six points.

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