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Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers Preview
The Salford Red Devils take on the Castleford Tigers in a match that could have a huge say on both teams seasons going forward such is the closeness of the Super League.
These are two clubs that don’t have the finances of other clubs so they really need to keep players healthy and for there big names to be out on the field as much as possible.
Another big issue for them is to keep players in form and full of confidence and the best way to do that is to win matches.
Whilst the Tigers are arguably the stronger of the 2 overall, both teams will fancy there chances of a win in this one and that really be huge going forward.
Wins over the likes of Cas for Salford could not only see them safe but pushing for the top 6 whilst a heavy loss could see their confidence evaporate and it could easily see them dragged into the scrap to avoid the wooden spoon.
The AJ Bell Stadium is home to the Red Devils and is host to this game and whilst it can often be lacking in atmosphere and whilst it has struggled to grab the attention of the Salford public it has all you could want from a modest modern stadium.
With a mix of seating and standing areas as well as good corporate facilities, the ground just needs the fans to show up and be vocal to create a great place for the Red Devils to make a fortress.
The home fans have shown that on their day they can get behind there team and if they are to get anything out of this one, they will need to them to back them once more.
Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers Prediction
Here at RLBet, we give out predict for who we think will win and also what we think the winning margin will be but don’t forget that the unpredictable nature of the Super League, this should only be seen as our view.
Both the Red Devils and the Tigers are amongst the most historic Rugby League clubs in the world, so it will come as no surprise to fans that these 2 sides have enjoyed a number of stand out matches down the years including on the biggest stages of them all in league and cup finals.
The first big final to be played on the national stage between the 2 sides came all of the way back in the 1938-39 season when the 2 sides met in the First Division Championship final, the equivalent of what is now known as the Grand Final, when it was the nowadays Red Devils that ran out the victors by 8 points to 6 to claim the title and to become the Championship of England.
It took exactly 30 years for the next major final to be played between the 2 sides as Salford left the north west and headed down the M6 to meet the Tigers, who had headed down the M1 from Yorkshire, in the nation’s capital city at the iconic Wembley Stadium in the final of the Rugby League Challenge Cup.
In a match played in front of a bumper crowd of just under 98,000 fans, it was the nowadays Tigers who ran out the winners in another close finish by a score of 11 point to 6 to pick up the West Yorkshire sides second ever Challenge Cup trophy.