2020 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs St Helens Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Castleford Tigers vs St Helens taking place? Sunday 15th March, 2020 – 15:30 (UK)

Where is Castleford Tigers vs St Helens taking place? Mend-A-Hose Jungle

What is the expected weather for Castleford Tigers vs St Helens? 10c in mostly cloudy skies

What channel is Castleford Tigers vs St Helens on? Sky Sports Arena

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

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? St. Helens 4-0 Castleford Tigers

THE TEAM NEWS

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford blew several chances to take the lead against Warrington and were made to pay as the Wolves slotted a late drop goal and now face the reigning champions in a difficult contest as they look to get back to winning ways.
  • The Tigers will be without Oliver Holmes after he was forced from the field with a nasty ankle injury in last week's defeat but he may not be sidelined for as long as first feared after some positive news on that issue.
  • Liam Watts is back in the squad after a finger injury and he could return here while Cas will also be hopeful that James Clare can also come back into the fold here after he was forced to sit out last week.

21-man squad: Blair, Clare, Foster, Griffin, Hepi, Hodgson, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Olpherts, O’Neill, Rankin, Richardson, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Smith, Trueman, Watts

Unavailable: Sosaia Feki (Injured), Matt Cook (Injured), Greg Eden (Injured), Junior Moors (Injured), Oliver Holmes (Injured)

Questionable: Alex Foster (Injured), Liam Watts (Injured), James Clare (Injured)

ST HELENS

  • St. Helens were on the end of a shock defeat as Huddersfield did just enough to condemn the defending champions to a rare home defeat last week and it will be interesting to see how they respond on the road at Castleford.
  • Lachlan Coote was named in last week's 21-man squad but failed to prove his fitness although Saints will be hoping he can return here in what would be a huge boost if they can get their first-choice fullback back in the side.
  • Saints do have one positive this week as Aaron Smith returns to the squad after he served a one-match ban last week with Josh Simm making way and the hooker is likely to come straight back into the matchday 17.

21-man squad: Amor, Ashworth, Coote, Costello, Dodd, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Paulo, Peyroux, Roby, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: Mark Percival (Injured), James Bentley (Injured)

Questionable: Lachlan Coote (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Castleford were left to rue some poor field goal attempts as they were defeated by a single point on the road at Warrington last week. They host Saints here who were also on the end of a loss last week and although the champions will be eager to respond, the Tigers are likely to cause them problems at the Jungle. Lachlan Coote’s return to fitness would be important for Saints but it might not be enough with Cas able to benefit from a generous six-point start on home soil.

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