Huddersfield Giants (@1.36) vs Catalans Dragons (@3.2)
13-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Huddersfield Giants will win

Huddersfield Giants – Catalans Dragons Match Prediction | 13-09-2019 14:45

Catalans were able to record a much needed win against Leigh, winning 37-26, in a 6 tries to 4 triumph, as they managed to turn a dominant first half of 28-8 into a victory, despite scoring just 9 points. This win sees them stay in the top-8, albeit on the precipice level with St Helens, on 7 competition points, though a loss in this match would see the Giants leapfrog them. Jason Baiteri led the tackle counts for Catalans with an impressive 43 against Leigh, while Australian half Luke Walsh was very good with 2 try assists, 6 goals and a field goal.

Both Huddersfield and Catalans collected valuable victories last week as they helped their respective predicaments but will need to back that up with another win here. Despite both racking up big scores last week, this could be a close contest which could go either way and is very difficult to call. Both have suffered with inconsistency this season and it will depend which side turn up but if the Dragons can match last weeks performance, they can be the ones to edge this contest.

Margin predictors in this one across the boards of many bookies suggest we are in for a very close encounter to kickoff the round, particularly due to the recent dogged type of form displayed by the Giants. Catalans are still missing their marquee signing Greg Bird, who is out injured for at least this weekends double header, and is now joined by other quality forwards Baiteri and Burgess. This is obviously becoming a very troubling injury toll for Catalans.

Catalans Dragons

With the likes of Roby and Hodgson in their 30s now, the future looks bright in the number nine shirt. Although born in Swaziland, he was raised in Halfiax and has already achieved an England Knights call up. Huddersfield look a different side when Leeming is controlling them in the middle of the park. Kruise Leeming really is a one-to-watch player for a potential England hooking role.

With extra games included in the Easter weekend festivities a pair of victories could really kick-start either of these sides seasons, if 4-points could be obtained, amongst fatiguing conditions. Though, the cold wet predicted conditions will be of no assistance in this effort; new recruit Jake Mamo will surely be under pressure, and will be key for the Giants chances.

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Capable of playing as full back or on the wing, McIntosh was one of the Giants standout players towards the back end of an eventually productive 2018 campaign. With the absence of Jermaine McGillvary until spring, McIntosh will have to be on top form. For the second week running, the Huddersfield number 1 is shown as the key man in our match preview of Huddersfields round 2 fixture. His direct running and desire to defend the line and also to get over it, in the opposite sense to score, has impressed the Giants fans since his arrival into the squad in 2016 and this will serve as a crucial factor in his sides performance on Friday night.

THE FACTS

With such injuries striking, the Giants will be looking to take advantage of the good timing, of their matchup, and record just a 3rd win of the season. Huddersfield fans will be intrigued to see recruit Mamo play, while stars such as Rapira, Ikahihifo, Hinchcliffe and Leeming will be relied on heavily to provide the inspiration for victory. Expect a fired up Giants outfit, that will be looking to continue their 2nd half form from Friday, when they reversed a 14-0 score to grab a point, and have a huge chance of winning. Undoubtedly, Brough and others will be working on their goalkicking.

New signings will also be wanting to impress as the Super League season of new beginnings continues. With both of these sides getting off to the worst possible start in round 1, Huddersfield, especially, it will be an interesting tussle over in Perpignan to see wholl come out on top in a battle of two teams who many think will be in a fight for a spot in the top 5.

Huddersfield will be boosted by last weekends win whilst the Dragons never seem to turn a strong home win into a good away performance so with that in mind we are going to back the home side to grind out a win but as with so many Super League games, this is one that could easily go either way.

With no less than seven first team players unavailable, Catalans will be able to take full advantage and get their home campaign off to the perfect start. Catalans are strong at home and with a big pack to roll them down the field, the Giants' injury woes will be difficult to overcome. Both of these teams got off to an under-par start in Round 1 last week but it's Huddersfield who will have the greater concern heading into Round 2.

MATCH PREVIEW | Catalans Dragons vs Huddersfield Giants

But Tomkins is keen to make an impression in the South of France and I am sure he will be a key player in this game for McNamaras side along with veteran Matty Smith. After a terrific year for the Catalans side reaching the Challenge Cup final at Wembley and winning it, the former Wigan and New Zealand Warrior is a champion player, entering a champion side in some ways. As for Catalans, Sam Tomkins is and always will be a vital signing for the French outfit. He couldnt show his full potential as we know in Catalans 20-4 loss away to Castleford as the Tigers dominated the Dragons.

Neither teams recent records are healthy with just 1 win combined in their last 12 league matchups, that being the Catalans victory against Leigh last Friday. Huddersfield have surprised some of the more fancied opponents with draws in recent times though, with 1-point efforts coming against both St Helens and Wigan, while Catalans had a draw of their own back in early March against the lowly Widnes.