2020 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors taking place? Friday 7th February, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors taking place? Mend-A-Hose Jungle

What is the expected weather for Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors? 7c in mostly cloudy skies

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

Where can I stream Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors? Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors cannot be streamed live in the UK

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Wigan Warriors 26-8 Castleford Tigers

THE TEAM NEWS

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford did what was required as they defeated Toronto in their first game of the season but will need to improve on that performance and may struggle due to a mounting injury list even at this early stage of the season.
  • Junior Moors could not prove his fitness in time last week but the Castleford forward will hope to come into contention for this week and the Tigers will be desperate to get him back in the fold having lost George Griffin, Tyla Hepi and Adam Milner to injuries last week.
  • Castleford also lost Greg Eden to a knock and Peter Mata’utia to suspension which means a youthful squad has been named this week with Brad Graham, Sam Hall, Bailey Hodgson, Brad Martin and Robbie Storey all hoping to make their debut.

21-man squad: Blair, Clare, Graham, Hall, Hodgson, Holmes, Martin, Massey, McShane, Millington, Moors, Olpherts, O’Neill, Peachey, Rankin, Richardson, Shenton, Smith, Storey, Trueman, Watts

Unavailable: Sosaia Feki (Injured), Mike McMeeken (Injured), Jesse Sene-Lefao (Injured), Alex Foster (Injured), Matt Cook (Injured), George Griffin (Injured), Tyla Hepi (Injured), Adam Milner (Injured), Greg Eden (Injured), Peter Mata’utia (Suspended)

Questionable: Junior Moors (Injured)

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan were able to edge a tight encounter with Warrington in round 1 but the Warriors were aided by facing 12-men for an hour and know they will need to improve with ball-in-hand in this contest.
  • The Warriors will be without prop George Burgess for this trip to Castleford after aggravating a hip injury on his debut last week and he is replaced by Mitch Clark in the 21-man squad with the former Castleford man hoping to make his debut here.
  • Joe Bullock has also been left out of the squad with Jake Shorrocks earning a call-up and he could be needed to fill in for Sam Powell if the hooker is unable to overcome the head knock he suffered in last week’s contest.

21-man squad: Bibby, J. Burgess, Byrne, Clark, Clubb, Farrell, French, Greenwood, Hankinson, Hardaker, Hastings, Havard, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, O’Loughlin, Partington, Powell, Ja. Shorrocks, Smith, Smithies

Unavailable: Oliver Gildart (Injured), Dom Manfredi (Injured), Ben Flower (Injured), George Burgess (Injured)

Questionable: Sam Powell (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Castleford and Wigan both picked up the two points in their round 1 victories but they will know they have plenty of room for improvement. The hosts are still struggling with a lengthy injury list and that will mean they have to field a youthful side in this game. Wigan are likely to take advantage of that and should be able to edge this contest on the road.

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