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Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors: Kick-off time, TV channel and predicted line-ups

This is a huge game for both Catalans and Wigan. The last two teams to suffer defeat in the Grand Final meet as we gauge which side is the bigger threat to St Helens’ crown at this early stage of the season.

Catalans have quietly made a serious impression in the last two weeks. After a sluggish start, they’ve defeated two of the sides tipped to push for silverware this year despite the absence of a number of key forwards.

As for Wigan, they’ve looked like the next best side after St Helens. That’s despite a close call last week against Toulouse. Still in France, expect them to be more in tune having had a week to acclimatise.

Kick-off time and TV channel

The game kicks off at 17:30 UK time.

Sky Sports Arena’s coverage of the game begins at 17:15.

Predicted line-ups

Catalans Dragons
The Man of Steel is back. After missing the last one and a half games, Sam Tomkins will give Catalans a boost as will Dean Whare, Joe Chan, Gil Dudson and Michael McIlorum all of whom are likely to feature. The likes of Tomkins, Dudson and McIlorum are almost guaranteed to return such is their experience and the respective roles in Catalans’ system they play but Joe Chan would also be unlucky to not be included after such a positive start to the season. This means we will see the likes of Benjamin Jullien, Paul Seguier and Matthieu Laguerre drop out.

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

Wigan Warriors
In this fixture a year ago, Wigan’s season began to unravel as they were well beaten by the high flying Dragons ending their previously unbeaten start to the season. This campaign, there’s a different vibe around the unbeaten Warriors who go to Catalans feeling as though they could cement themselves as the biggest threat to St Helens this year. Jai Field’s battle with Tomkins could be spectacular with Bevan French still not included following Matt Peet’s decision to name an unchanged squad so most of the team should stay the same. That said, Thomas Leuluai is almost certain to return in place of last week’s match winner Harry Smith. Peet will also have a big call to make on who features out of Abbas Miski and Jake Bibby.

23 Jai Field
2 Jake Bibby
3 Zak Hardaker
21 Kai Pearce-Paul
5 Liam Marshall
6 Cade Cust
7 Thomas Leuluai
8 Brad Singleton
9 Sam Powell
15 Kaide Ellis
12 Liam Farrell
13 John Bateman
14 Morgan Smithies
Substitutes
10 Patrick Mago
11 Willie Isa
17 Oliver Partington
20 Liam Byrne

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