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Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity: Kick-off time, TV channel and predicted line-ups

Last week, last year’s league leaders saw the challenge awaiting them in 2022 if they want to dethrone St Helens. They were humbled 28-8 and lost three of their best forwards to suspension and injury.

They’ll be determined to bounce back this week as they host Wakefield Trinity. Their weakened pack will make things more difficult but they’re still favourites.

However, don’t count Wakefield out. Always a gutsy side, they were unlucky last week against Hull. Although they have their own problems in terms of selection, they’ll fancy their chances against the Dragons now that they’re missing a number of key players.

Kick-off time and TV channel

The game kicks off at 17:00 UK time.

Coverage of the game starts at 16:55 on Sky Sports Mix.

Predicted Teams

Catalans Dragons
The Dragons of course have a major problem in the pack due to the loss of Dylan Napa and Gil Dudson through suspension and Julian Bousquet through injury. This will see Jordan Dezaria and Mickael Goudemand likely start at prop. Paul Seguier – another prop – will possibly be called upon to fill the need for size on the bench. Beyond that, the side will most likely be the same with the Dragons’ impressive backs all readily available.

29 Sam Tomkins
2 Tom Davies
4 Dean Whare
3 Samisoni Langi
5 Fouad Yaha
6 Mitchell Pearce
7 Josh Drinkwater
17 Mickael Goudemand
9 Michael McIlorum
23 Jordan Dezaria
11 Matt Whitley
12 Mike McMeeken
13 Ben Garcia
16 Paul Seguier
20 Tyrone May
27 Joe Chan
28 Sam Kasiano

Wakefield Trinity
Trinity have their own problems. They’re lacking halfbacks with neither of the halves who started against Hull available. Fortunately, Mason Lino is back but who will join him in the halves? With two out and out hookers in Liam Hood and Harry Bowes in the 21, one of them may be asked to take over at six or it could be a ball playing forward like Jordy Crowther or indeed Brad Walker. With Reece Lyne suspended, there’s an issue at centre but Liam Kay could fill that void but it would mean they lack cover at nine if Hood or Bowes does indeed start at six. There’s also no David Fifita which is certainly a blow.

1 Max Jowitt
5 Tom Lineham
19 Liam Kay
30 Corey Hall
2 Tom Johnstone
24 Harry Bowes
7 Mason Lino
10 Tinirau Arona
9 Liam Hood
8 Eddie Battye
13 Jay Pitts
11 Matty Ashurst
14 Jordy Crowther
15 Jai Whitbread
16 James Batchelor
22 Yusuf Aydin
21 Brad Walker

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