Catalans Dragons v Widnes Vikings 23/09/17 Preview & Prediction

Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons v Widnes Vikings
Date: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Kick Off: 17:15
Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus Perpignan)

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SQUADS
Catalans: 3. Krisnan INU 4. Brayden WILIAME 6. Luke WALSH 7. Richie MYLER 8. Sam MOA 9. Paul AITON 11. Louis ANDERSON 12. Justin HORO 14. Julian BOUSQUET 15. Ben GARCIA 17. Jason BAITIERI 18. Vincent DUPORT 21. Iain THORNLEY 22. Lucas ALBERT 23. Alrix DA COSTA 25. Thibaud MARGALET 26. Lambert BELMAS 32. Romain NAVARRETE 33. Lewis TIERNEY
Widnes: Jack Buchanan, Greg Burke, Hep Cahill, Ed Chamberlain, Danny Craven, Gil Dudson, Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Ryan Ince, Manase Manuokafoa, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Corey Thompson, Danny Walker, Matt Whitley

Catalans Dragons v Widnes Vikings

This is simply a must win for both teams as the pressure is really on them.

Catalans come into the round in 4th place on 8 points with Widnes just 1 place ahead of them and level on points. The winner of the match will more than likely finish 3rd and therefore miss out on the dreaded Million Pound game and therefore secure safety in the Super League next season whilst the loser will have to put their season on the line next week.

With a place in the Super League on the line the last place you would want to go is the South of France but that is the challenge the Vikings must face. They will be able to take some heart from the poor form of the Dragons where they have struggled all season and have looked poor throughout the Qualifiers.

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Form

Both teams have won 4 and lost 2 matches in the Qualifiers but the Dragons have looked well off of the mark in each of their wins whilst the Vikings have been up and down in performance levels.

Team News

Lambert Belmas replaces Thomas Bosc in the only change for the Dragons.

Aaron Heremaia and Corey Thompson return for Widnes with Lloyd White and Jordan Johnstone dropping out.

Prediction

With this been a must win for both teams it will be interesting to see which team can handle the pressure. With a big crowd expected in Perpignan and the extra pressure on the Dragons, they really need there big names to step up.

There have been signs recently that the work rate is going up in the Dragons camp but the quality as still be far away from what we know they can produce.

We are expecting a tight game and it will likely come down to whether the Dragons can keep their discipline. If they give away to many penalties or suffer a sin binning it will play into the Vikings hands and they will be the favourites, if the home side can keep composed their extra quality and home advantage should help them grind out the result.

We are going to back Les Dracs as they simply must understand that they need to keep 13 men on the field but we do expect a tight game throughout.

Our Prediction: Catalans Dragons by 4

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