Date: Friday 15th September 2017
Kick Off: 20:00
Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens)
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TV: Highlights on The Super League Show (BBC 1) and Super League Fulltime (SkySports)
Radio: Live on BBC Local Radio and via the BBC Website
St Helens v Huddersfield Giants
St Helens last minute win against Wakefield may not have been the most impressive display but it did show that they haven’t given up on the season and it has given them an outside chance of still reaching the play offs but that could be all over but over dependent on the Hull v Wakefield score the night before.
The only thing the home side can control is the outcome of this match and the only way they can keep their season going is to pick up a win. Against a Huddersfield team coming into this on the back of a heavy defeat at Salford and with nothing to play for, this should be the perfect game for them to build some confidence and fluidity in their attack- something they have struggled with for a bit.
For Huddersfield, this is the perfect chance for them to put last week’s loss behind them and show their fans they haven’t given up ahead of the last round of the year at home to local rivals Leeds.
Saints late win at Wakefield ended a 3-match losing run including losses in their last 2 matches at home.
Huddersfield have now lost 3 of their last 4 matches.
St Helens make 1 change to their squad with Kyle Amor returning in place of Matty Lees.
Huddersfield are forced into 2 changes with both Sebastine Ikahihifo and Shannon Wakeman injured. Tyler Dickinson and Sam Wood come in.
Huddersfield put in the sort of performance last week that seem to indicate that the players know their season is over and with their cue in the rack, it could be a long evening in St Helens against a Saints team with lots still on the line.
Saints are in need of a moral boosting performance as well as the win so we expect them to be improved this week compared to the stuttering form they showed at Wakefield and with a couple of weeks of match fitness built up, Ben Barba should be able to show more of the form that made him the best player in the NRL not that long ago.
Our Prediction: St Helens by 14
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