Huddersfield Giants (@1.36) vs Catalans Dragons (@3.2)

Our Prediction:

Huddersfield Giants will win

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

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.

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.

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.

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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 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.

However, we know from previous years, he can make a big performance when needed. McIlorum himself has always been a ball controller. Since his return from his pectoral muscle injury earlier this season, hes taken a while to settle back into the side. Hes also a big character in that Dragons side both on and off the pitch; lets not forget his dog mascots in Catalans final home game last season! Again, Catalans have looked a little lost without him at times as he adds another option in their attack.

The Giants fought back from a 14-0 halftime deficit last Friday against the improved St Helens outfit, to record their 2nd draw of the season, affording them a 3-point buffer on Warrington and Widnes, in 10th. The hero was Darnell McIntosh who bagged a pair of tries, while Sam Wood scored also, although Brough was unable to convert the Wood 4-pointer in the dying stages. Kruise Leeming and Ryan Hinchcliffe put in huge defensive efforts, tallying tackle counts well into the 30s, while McGillvary was the leader in meters gained with 135.

Match Preview

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.

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.