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? Friday 20th November, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is St. Helens vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Totally Wicked Stadium

What is the expected weather for St. Helens vs Catalans Dragons? 11c, cloudy

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

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? This match will be played behind closed doors

What was the outcome in the last meeting? St. Helens 34-6 Catalans Dragons

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. HELENS

  • Having topped the table for most of the campaign, St. Helens were unable to see it out as they were pipped at the post to the League Leaders’ Shield by rivals Wigan Warriors but Saints only have themselves to blame after losing their final two matches of the season.
  • The second of those came against the Warriors in an intense affair that will have given them an insight on where they need to improve if they are to retain their Super League crown.
  • Alex Walmsley has been in superb form up front for Saints this season and he will be a welcome addition to Kristian Woolf’s side for this clash having served a ban and he will line up alongside James Graham who will play his final match at the Totally Wicked Stadium before retirement.

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

Unavailable: Jack Ashworth, Mark Percival

Questionable:

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans Dragons made a superb start to their play-off contest with Leeds Rhinos last week and despite allowing their opponents back into the contest, the French outfit were able to earn the victory although it came at a cost.
  • In a controversial second half, Michael McIlorum and Joel Tomkins both avoided on-field sanctions for separate incidents but they have been handed lengthy bans which total 14 matches between the two of them.
  • The loss of McIlorum in particular is a devastating blow for the Dragons with Alrix Da Costa called into the squad in his place while Tomkins has been replaced by Benjamin Jullien.

21-man squad: Baitieri, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Davies, Drinkwater, Folau, Garcia, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Maloney, Mead, Moa, Mourgue, Seguier, Simon, S. Tomkins, Whitley, Yaha

Unavailable: Lewis Tierney, Michael McIlorum, Joel Tomkins

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THE PREDICTION

St. Helens will be very wary of the attacking threat posed by Catalans Dragons as the two teams meet for a spot in the Super League Grand Final. The French side looked slick in the first half of their clash with Leeds Rhinos last week and although they looked tired towards the end of the contest, they did enough to progress. Saints enjoyed the week off last week and should be fresh for this encounter as they look to move a step closer to defending their Super League crown. Catalans will fancy their chances of causing an upset but with the banned Michael McIlorum leaving big shoes to fill at hooker, Saints are likely to be too good and they should win by at least six points.

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