Catalans v Wakefield: Predicted line-ups and late injury news

League leaders Catalans play their third consecutive home game when they host Wakefield tonight. The Dragons are looking for an eleventh win a row to cement their place at the top of the table. Where Wakefield are concerned, they need to build on the positives shown in their recent performances especially if they want to cause the upset against the Champions-elect.

It’s been an up and down week for the Dragons in terms of availability. Key backrowers Mike McMeeken and skipper Benjamin Garcia drop out whilst James Maloney, Joel Tomkins and Michael McIlorum return. With James Maloney back, the Dragons will have their first choice halves for the first time in three games meaning Arthur Mourgue will likely drop to the bench. I fancy Joel Tomkins to start there as well as Mickael Goudemand fills in at loose-forward for the injured Garcia and Benjamin Jullien moves to second-row in McMeeken’s absence. Whether McIlorum plays should be interesting with Alrix Da Costa settled at nine and Mourgue in scintillating form.

As for Trinity, Max Jowitt should return to fullback having missed the defeat to Wigan. Meanwhile, Jay Pitts’ suspension could mean Kelepi Tanginoa moves to the second-row having played prop for most of the season. With Liam Kay, Lee Kershaw and Innes Senior all available, Chris Chester also has a conundrum to solve on the wings whilst pondering whether Ryan Hampshire should feature in some capacity.

Catalans
29 Sam Tomkins
2 Tom Davies
4 Dean Whare
3 Samisoni Langi
5 Fouad Yaha
6 James Maloney
7 Josh Drinkwater
8 Gil Dudson
14 Alrix Da Costa
10 Julian Bousquet
11 Matt Whitley
15 Benjamin Jullien
17 Mickael Goudemand
Substitutes
1 Arthur Mourgue
16 Paul Seguier
22 Joel Tomkins
28 Sam Kasiano

Wakefield
1 Max Jowitt
27 Lee Kershaw
4 Reece Lyne
20 Joe Arundel
18 Innes Senior
6 Jacob Miller
7 Mason Lino
8 David Fifita
25 Brad Walker
10 Tinirau Arona
11 Matty Ashurst
12 Kelepi Tanginoa
15 Eddie Battye
Substitutes
9 Kyle Wood
16 James Batchelor
17 Chris Green
26 Yusuf Aydin

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