Huddersfield Giants vs Salford Red Devils: Kick-off time, TV channel and predicted line-ups

Ian Watson once again comes up against his former side the Salford Red Devils in Round Four of the Betfred Super League this afternoon after overseeing a positive start from his Huddersfield Giants in 2022.

That did come to somewhat of a halt last week as they lost to Wigan, but there was no shame in the Giants’ defeat to one of the best looking sides in the league so far and they gave it a good go at the DW last Thursday.

However, defeating Salford today will be no easy feat. The Red Devils have the same record as the Giants after three games with wins over Castleford and Toulouse. They’ll be something of a wounded animal too after a thumping defeat to Hull FC last week. They’re dangerous opposition.

Kick-off time and TV channel

The game kicks off at 15:00 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

There will be no live TV coverage sadly but highlights will be available on the Super League YouTube channel and BBC’s Super League Show.

Predicted line-ups

Huddersfield Giants
The Giants look as strong as ever in their key positions this week despite the absence of brilliant hooker Danny Levi through suspension. His absence will no doubt see Adam O’Brien continue at nine. However, Theo Fages’ return from suspension leaves Ian Watson with a conundrum to solve. Could we see Fages, Tui Lolohea and Will Pryce in the same team for the first time in Super League? If so, that is a mouth-watering prospect but would be harsh on Olly Russell. That said, with no natural nine to come off the bench, he may keep his place in the side amongst the subs. Elsewhere, two other Olivers – Wilson and  Roberts – may figure due to a number of absentees in the pack.

1 Will Pryce
22 Innes Senior
4 Ricky Leutele
21 Leroy Cudjoe
2 Jermaine McGillvary
6 Tui Lolohea
7 Theo Fages
8 Chris Hill
19 Adam O’Brien
17 Owen Trout
12 Chris McQueen
24 Ollie Roberts
13 Luke Yates
Substitutes
14 Matty English
18 Sebastine Ikahihifo
20 Oliver Wilson
23 Olly Russell

Salford Red Devils
The big news for Salford is the absence of Dan Sarginson, who was always a star play when Ian Watson was at the club. However, it should be quite easy for Paul Rowley to shuffle around his troops with Deon Cross moving into the starting 13 after figuring on the bench last week. To replace him amongst the interchanges, Rowley may go for another player capable of playing at centre in Matt Costello. Apart from that, any further changes will likely be tactical.

1 Ryan Brierley
2 Ken Sio
4 Tim Lafai
28 Deon Cross
5 Joe Burgess
6 Brodie Croft
7 Marc Sneyd
15 King Vuniyayawa
9 Andy Ackers
10 Greg Burke
11 Shane Wright
12 James Greenwood
13 Elijah Taylor
Substitutes
8 Sitaleki Akauola
14 Danny Addy
24 Matt Costello
29 Alex Gerrard

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