2020 Super League – St. Helens vs Catalans Dragons Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Sunday 2nd August, 2020 – 16:15 (UK)

Where is St. Helens vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Emerald Headingley Stadium

What is the expected weather for St. Helens vs Catalans Dragons? 17c, partly cloudy

What channel is St. Helens vs Catalans Dragons on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream St. Helens vs Catalans Dragons? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for St. Helens vs Catalans Dragons? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? St. Helens 50-14 Catalans Dragons

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens were far from their best before Super League was temporarily curtailed and they will be eager to improve when the action restarts in this clash with Catalans Dragons.
  • Saints were beaten by Castleford Tigers in their previous contest which backed up a loss to Huddersfield Giants which means they have just two wins to their name from five matches after their win over Toronto Wolfpack was expunged.
  • Saints welcome back fan favourite James Graham as he will see out his playing days in the Red V but his return was only possible because of the loss of Luke Thompson to NRL side Canterbury Bulldogs.

21-man squad: Amor, Batchelor, Bentley, Coote, Dodd, Fages, Grace, Graham, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Percival, Peyroux, Roby, Smith, Taia, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: Joseph Paulo (Injured), Jack Ashworth (Injured)

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CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans Dragons were impacted by postponements before the Super League was halted but they were able to win their last three matches in what was a strong start to the campaign.
  • The lockdown may have come at a good time for the Dragons as they will hope it has allowed star recruit Israel Folau to build his fitness and all eyes will be on how he performs here.
  • He may slot in at fullback with Sam Tomkins suspended while David Mead, another man who could have filled in for Tomkins, is out injured along with Lewis Tierney and Mikael Simon.

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

Unavailable: Mickael Goudemand (Injured), Sam Tomkins (Suspended), David Mead (Injured), Lewis Tierney (Injured), Mikael Simon (Injured)

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THE PREDICTION

St. Helens and Catalans Dragons will restart the Super League season with an intriguing contest at Headingley. The reigning champions struggled before the season was halted whilst Catalans were impressive having lost just one of their four matches. The Dragons have many admirers this season with some believing they can make it to the Grand Final and this will be a good test for those aspirations as they face the defending champions here. It should be a hot afternoon in Leeds and with both teams capable of posting points, this should be a high-scoring affair that produces at least 46 points.

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