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

THE FACTS

When is Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers taking place? Saturday 15th February, 2020 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers taking place? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What is the expected weather for Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers? 13c in partly cloudy skies

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

Where can I stream Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers? Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers cannot be streamed live in the UK

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Catalans Dragons 37-16 Castleford Tigers

THE TEAM NEWS

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans had a wasted journey to the UK as their game with Wakefield was postponed due to the poor weather conditions at the weekend which meant they will have had another week to stew on their poor display in their season opener.
  • The Dragons did not select new signing Israel Folau in their squad last week but he is set to make his debut here after he was named in Steve McNamara’s 21-man squad and he is expected to line-up in the centres.
  • Lewis Tierney could also return to play in his first game of the season after he too was named in the initial squad following a facial injury, but there is no place for Mickael Simon who has picked up a knock and Arthur Mourgue is the other man to make way.

21-man squad: Albert, Baitieri, Bousquet, Casty, Drinkwater, Folau, Garcia, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Maloney, Marguerite, Maria, McIlorum, Romano, Seguier, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tierney, Whitley, Yaha

Unavailable: Sam Moa (Injured), Alrix Da Costa (Injured), Mickael Goudemand (Injured), Tom Davies (Injured), David Mead (Injured), Mickael Simon (Injured)

Questionable: Lewis Tierney (Injured)

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford overcame a long injury list as they claimed an impressive victory at home to Wigan to make it two from two to start the season and they will be confident of making it three from three as they head to the south of France to face Catalans.
  • The Tigers were forced into naming an inexperienced bench for last week's game but should have some bodies back for this clash after Mike McMeeken, George Griffin and Tyla Hepi were all named in the 21-man squad.
  • They return in place of youngsters Bailey Hodgson, Brad Graham and Lewis Peachey but 17-year-old Sam Hall has retained his place in the squad after making his senior debut from the bench in last week’s game.

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

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

Questionable: Mike McMeeken (Injured), George Griffin (Injured), Tyla Hepi (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Castleford produced a strong display with an under-strength side to upset Wigan last week. They will now travel to Perpignan as they bid to remain unbeaten and will be hopeful of catching Catalans cold after their game with Wakefield was a victim of last week’s inclement weather. The Dragons have plenty to prove after their poor showing in round 1 and the Tigers can come away with the points here.

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