2020 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils taking place? Saturday 29th August, 2020 – 18:30 (UK)

Where is Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils taking place? Halliwell Jones Stadium

What is the expected weather for Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils? 14c, mostly cloudy

What channel is Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils? This match will be played behind closed doors

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Salford Red Devils 8-22 Leeds Rhinos

THE TEAM NEWS

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds Rhinos were unable to respond to their big loss against St. Helens as they suffered a second consecutive defeat with Wigan Warriors getting the better of them in their latest outing.
  • The Rhinos made lots of errors which prevented them from getting in front and despite managing to stay close to the Warriors, Leeds fell apart in the final quarter of the contest with Luke Gale’s sin-binning not helping their cause.
  • The week off appears to have served the Rhinos well with Rob Lui and Richie Myler coming back into contention to boost their options in the backs whilst Ava Seumanufagai is also named in the 21-man squad.

21-man squad: L. Briscoe, T. Briscoe, Cuthbertson, Dwyer, Evans, Gale, Handley, Holroyd, Hurrell, Leeming, Lui, Martin, McLelland, Myler, Newman, Oledzki, Prior, Seumanufagai, A. Sutcliffe, L. Sutcliffe, Thompson

Unavailable: Jack Walker (Injured), Dom Crosby (Injured) Stevie Ward (Injured), James Donaldson (Injured), Cameron Smith (Injured), Alex Mellor (Injured)

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SALFORD RED DEVILS

  • Salford Red Devils were denied the chance to build on their superb victory over Hull FC as their players were forced to self-isolate following the outbreak of COVID-19 at the East Yorkshire club.
  • Despite producing negative tests, the Salford playing roster and coaching staff were forced to sit out as a precaution and head coach Ian Watson will be desperate for his side to pick up where they left off following their two-week enforced break.
  • Kevin Brown comes back into contention after he served a ban and in further good news for the Red Devils, new signing Andy Ackers could make his debut after he was named in the 21-man squad but Dan Sarginson and Lee Mossop are ruled out with injuries.

21-man squad: Ackers, Atkin, Brown, Burke, Chamberlain, Dudson, Evalds, Flanagan, Greenwood, Ikahihifo, Johnson, Kear, Lannon, Lolohea, Lussick, McCarthy, Pauli, Sio, Welham, Williams, Yates

Unavailable: Dan Sarginson (Injured), Lee Mossop (Injured)

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THE PREDICTION

Leeds Rhinos have been outplayed in their last two matches and they must find a way to improve if they want to stay in touch of the top four. The Rhinos will hope their week off will allow them to refocus after back-to-back losses against St. Helens and Wigan Warriors. They take on a Salford Red Devils side that will play only their second game since the restart after they were forced to sit out after their huge win over Hull FC in their first game back in action to prevent a spread of COVID-19 after there was an outbreak amongst their opponent’s squad. Salford were very impressive in that win over Hull and if they are not affected by a lack of game time, they should be able to come out on top here.

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