Huddersfield Giants v Widnes Vikings 07/07/17 Preview & Prediction

Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants v Widnes Vikings
Date: Friday 7th July 2017
Kick Off: 20:00
Venue: John Smiths Stadium (Huddersfield)

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TV: Highlights on The Super League Show (BBC 1) and Super League Fulltime (SkySports)

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SQUADS
Huddersfield Giants: McGillvary, Cudjoe, Gaskell, Brough, Rapira, Hinchcliffe, Wakeman, Ferguson, Leeming, Roberts, Ta’ai, Clough, Ormsby, Dickinson, McIntosh, Mellor, O’Brien, Ridyard, Rankin
Widnes Vikings: Bridge, Buchanan, Burke, Cahill, Chapelow, Dudson, Gilmore, Heremaia, Houston, Ince, Johnstone, Manuokafoa, Marsh, Mellor, Runciman, Thompson, Walker, White, Whitley

Huddersfield Giants v Widnes Vikings

Both Huddersfield and Widnes have had difficult seasons but both have also started to find improved form at the right time of the season.

Huddersfield recent surge has seen them move into the top 8 but they know that they need to keep winning to stay there and secure another season in the top flight whilst Widnes have now moved off of the foot of the table but they also need to keep momentum going as they will look to secure a top 3 place in the Qualifiers.

Form

Huddersfield have lost just 1 of their last 5 matches but that did come last time out against Salford and they drew their last match at home against Wigan.

Widnes have won 3 of their last 5 matches but they have lost each of their last 6 matches at home.

Team News

A lot of the improvement made by Huddersfield has been attributed to Jake Mamo but they will now be without their exciting full back for the rest of the year as he has undergone surgery.

The Giants make 3 changes to their squad with Martyn Ridyard, Aiden O’Brien and Gene Ormsby replacing Aaron Murphy, Sebastine Ikahifo and Nathan Mason.

Manase Manuokafoa and Brad Walker return for Widnes alongside Jay Chapelhow and Jordan Johnstone as the Vikings make 4 changes.

Prediction

The Vikings are able to put a good squad out and they will certainly make the win hard for Huddersfield but a lot of the problems for the Vikings on the road has to be in their heads after such a long running losing streak.

The Giants will miss Mamo but they still have lots of quality and the addition of Rankin will help.

We expect a close game throughout but one that the extra quality of the Giants will shine through in the end.

Our Prediction: Huddersfield Giants by 8

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