Purely from the point of view of how both sides have played recently, Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants could be one of the more intriguing games in Newcastle this weekend.
Huddersfield have shown signs of life in their past two games – stunning Leeds at Headingley – and were narrowly edged out by Castleford Tigers a week later. They had a weekend off last week after they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Swinton Lions in the fifth round.
Catalans will be looking to put their hammering in the sixth round of the cup at the hands of Hull behind them but their Super League form of late isn’t so great either – having lost each of their last three.
The Dragons were made favourites earlier on in the week and there is no change on that front – though they can be found at 8/11 with Stan James. Huddersfield can be found at 11/8 – and have been given a +4 start across the board at 10/11.
Catalans have leaked points throughout the season – there aren’t many games that go by without them conceding at least 20 – and even without Danny Brough, Huddersfield may feel they have a chance – especially if Jake Mamo’s recent good form continues.
It could be a pretty close game, though maybe not of the highest standard. Catalans average win margin is 12 – and for them to win by 11-15 points is 8/1 with Paddy Power. If you fancy Huddersfield, they might by the kind of team to win an arm wrestle, and a 6-10 points win at 7/1 (Paddy Power and Betfred) might be worth a small go.
This is a very hard one to call – a lot of it could be down to how they start. Catalans are looking for a reaction following recent disappointments, while Huddersfield will hope they are fresh rather than rusty as they try and cope without Brough. Given they are the longer shot in a game that looks difficult to call, one might be tempted to take Huddersfield at 11/8.