Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos 19/05/18 Preview, Prediction & Live Streaming

Castleford Tigers

Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos
Date: Saturday 19th May 2018
Kick Off: 19:30
Venue: St James Park (Newcastle)
This match is part of the Magic Weekend, 1 Championship game, 5 NRL Games and every game from the Super League this weekend for 1 low price.
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SQUADS
Castleford Tigers: Cook, Ellis, Foster, Gill, Hitchcox, Holmes, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minkin, Moors, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Wardle, Watts, Webster
Leeds Rhinos: Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Hall, Moon, Myler, Cuthbertson, Parcell, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Ward, Dwyer, Delaney, Ferres, Peteru, Handley, Walker, Smith, Oledzki

Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos

The Castleford Tigers take on their West Yorkshire rivals the Leeds Rhinos in a repeat of the 2017 Grand Final at the Super League Magic Weekend and the great news for fans is that you can watch all of the action from this game, and from the whole Magic Weekend in Newcastle, live online via our Super League live streaming partners.

Last season the Tigers were the dominant force in the first part of the season and picked up the League Leaders Shield along the way but it was the Rhinos who dominated the latter part and picked up the biggest prize but in 2018, both teams have found the going much tougher as Cas go into the round in 5th place where they are 1 place and 1 point ahead of the Rhinos.

The Tigers do have a game or 2 in hand over the teams above them and they start level on points with Hull FC in 4th, so if Cas can pick up a win in this one, they will be looking strong for a top 4 finish whilst a loss could see them involved in a battle to keep pace until the end of the season, especially with extra games to squeeze in.

The same can be said of the Rhinos but after playing 1 more game than Castleford, the margins are even smaller for the reigning champions who could face missing out on the play-offs if they lose this one.

In their first game of the season, in front of a big crowd at Elland Road, these 2 game us a great game played at play-off intensity and in front of an even bigger crowd this weekend, this game could be set to be amongst the best games of the season so make sure you miss none of the action live online.

Form

Castleford have won 3 of their last 5 matches in the league but they have lost 2 of their last 3.

The Rhinos have won just 1 of their last 4 matches in the league.

Team News

The Tigers make just the 1 change for this game with Kieran Gill replacing Gadwin Springer.

The Rhinos makes 2 changes to their squad with Brett Delaney and Cameron Smith replacing Anthony Mullally and Josh Walters, whilst Ryan Hall has been named after missing last week.

Prediction

This is one of the tougher matches of the round to predict as both could run away with it, both could grind out a result and both could lose it.

That is down to a mixture of the quality amongst both sides but also because some many of the players are out of form on both sides.

Castleford have shown their attacking threats at certain times but then they have struggled at times as well whilst the Rhinos have been slow and steady throughout the season.

In front of what should be a massive crowd at Newcastle for this headline game, we are going to back the Tigers to win.

We are expecting a close game throughout and as the Rhinos have shown a few times this season, they are just not carrying enough threats in close games to pick up wins.

The Tigers will likely be able to take more of their chances when on offer and whilst they will never pull away to a comfortable win, they should always have enough in hand to pick up the points.

Score Prediction Castleford Tigers by 6

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