The Betfred Super League returns with a seismic Friday night clash as Hull KR host Catalans Dragons at Craven Park.
These two sides come into this crunch fixture in very different form. Current league leaders Catalans Dragons were humiliated at home by Wigan Warriors last time out, listing 34-0 in a brutal encounter. It was a result that sent shockwaves around the division as the French side, who have looked so composed under Steve McNamara were battered from pillar to post.
Meanwhile, since their agonising Challenge Cup final defeat to Leigh Leopards via Golden Point, Hull KR have regrouped somewhat. They were beaten by Saints but came back to thump the Leopards 52-10, gaining revenge for that painful loss at Wembley.
Catalans Dragons to win with -6 handicap
McNamara’s side may have been humiliated on home soil last time out, but we have to see that as a bad day at the office. The table toppers have been too good this season to read too much into that 80 minutes during which they failed to score.
If we look at the four games before that shock loss, the Dragons were superb. They beat Saints, Salford, Warrington and Leigh and scored 30 points in back-to-back away games. Now back on the road, Dragons are likely to be able to put in a much-improved performance against a decent Hull KR side.
Willie Peters’ side looked on top form as they dismantled Leigh Leopards last time out, but Adrian Lam was left embarrassed by his team’s performance. It felt like an underperformance from the Challenge Cup winners and up against a side determined to put things right could tear Hull KR apart.
Fouad Yaha to score a try anytime
If we believe Catalans will win this game, it makes sense to pick one of their most dangerous assets as an anytime tryscorer. The flying winger has a point to prove, having spent two weeks on loan at Hull KR earlier in the season without scoring a try.
However, he’s proven himself time and time again to produce when put into key positions, and we believe he can cross the white line with the ball in hand, as Catalans canter to victory.