2020 Super League – St. Helens vs Huddersfield Giants Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Huddersfield Giants taking place? Friday 6th March, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is St. Helens vs Huddersfield Giants taking place? Totally Wicked Stadium

What is the expected weather for St. Helens vs Huddersfield Giants? 4c in mostly cloudy skies

What channel is St. Helens vs Huddersfield Giants on? St. Helens vs Huddersfield Giants will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream St. Helens vs Huddersfield Giants? St. Helens vs Huddersfield Giants cannot be streamed live in the UK

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? St. Helens 48-6 Huddersfield Giants

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens did what was required as they put in a professional performance to beat Toronto last week and kept their opposition scoreless in the process but this is likely to be a more difficult task as they come up against Huddersfield.
  • Saints could be light in the outside backs this week after makeshift centre James Bentley suffered an ankle injury in last week's game and his absence has seen the champions call on youngster Josh Simm.
  • Jack Welsby could also be shifted into the three-quarters to cover Bentley with first-choice fullback Lachlan Coote back in the 21-man squad for the first time since the season opener whilst there is no place for Aaron Smith who has picked up a one-match ban.

21-man squad: Amor, Ashworth, Coote, Costello, Dodd, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Paulo, Peyroux, Roby, Simm, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: Mark Percival (Injured), Aaron Smith (Suspended), James Bentley (Injured)

Questionable: Lachlan Coote (Injured)

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield lost their first match of the Super League season as they were on the end of a big loss at home to Wigan last week and they will be eager to show that their poor showing in that contest was just a blip by responding against the champions.
  • The Giants were without injured fullback Darnell McIntosh for last week's game but he is expected to return for this clash with St. Helens and his inclusion in the 21-man squad is a promising sign.
  • McIntosh is one of four changes along with Sam Hewitt, Jon Luke Kirby and Oliver Russell who replace Matty English, Louis Senior, Adam Walne and the suspended Suaia Matagi as Simon Woolford seeks a response from his side.

21-man squad: Clough, Edwards, Gaskell, Gavet, Hewitt, Holmes, Kirby, Lawrence, McGillvary, McIntosh, Murphy, O’Brien, Russell, I. Senior, Sezer, Ta’ai, Turner, Ja. Wardle, Jo. Wardle, Wilson, Wood

Unavailable: Ashton Golding (Injured), Leroy Cudjoe (Injured), Akuila Uate (Injured), Suaia Matagi (Suspended)

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

St. Helens bounced back from their loss to Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge as they comfortably defeated Toronto. Saints kept the Wolfpack scoreless last week and coming up against a Huddersfield side that were on the end of a heavy loss against Wigan will leave them confident of another straightforward victory. Huddersfield will need to show big improvements on their efforts of last week but Saints should be too good and are capable of covering -15.5 in this one.

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