Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons Magic Weekend Preview

Expect a real dog fight out of this game, two sides that know this is a must win game as we enter the second half of the season, Salford currently sitting 8th on the Super League ladder, a win would move them 5 points clear of 9th and open the gap between the bottom 4 up further. Catalans however are joint last but sit bottom on points difference, a loss would see the 6 points adrift of 8th and give them a mountain to climb to avoid the qualifiers.

These sides last faced off back in late March, Salford making light work of the Dragons to seal a 32-16 victory at the AJ Bell, this now means Salford have the head to head form slightly more stacked in their favour, winning 6 of the last 10 meetings between these two sides, however, historically the side that wins the first meeting loses the second.

1 Big name returns for Salford, pivotal figure, Robert Lui, returns from injury to boost morale and also improve the Red Devils' chances of leaving Newcastle with 2 points. Samisoni Langi is missing for the Dragons as they welcome back Greg Bird, David Mead, Brayden Wiliame and Louis Anderson to their 19 man squad.

Salford Red Devils: Greg Johnson, Kris Welham, Junior Sa’u, Niall Evalds,Robert Lui, Jack Littlejohn, Craig Kopczak, Logan Tomkins, George Griffin, Weller Hauraki, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Tyrone McCarthy, Josh Wood, Derrell Olpherts, Lee Mossop, Jake Bibby, Daniel Murray, Gavin Bennion

CatalansDragons: David Mead, Jodie Broughton, Iain Thornley, Brayden Wiliame, Rémi Casty, Sam Moa,Louis Anderson, Benjamin Garcia, Greg Bird, Julian Bousquet, Mika Simon, Jason Baitieri, Michael McIlorum, Lewis Tierney, Benjamin Jullien, Antoni Maria, Alrix Da Costa, Tony Gigot, Josh Drinkwater.

This is a tough game to call, the Dragons have looked a much more dangerous side since the arrival of Josh Drinkwater, however, Salford seem like a much bigger all round threat. The return of Robert Lui will give Salford a massive confidence boost, he has the ability to turn a game and I wouldn't be surprised to see him have a hand in a few tries and a potential match winner. I'm going to back Salford to take the by 7-12.



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