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St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos: Kick-off, TV channel and predicted line-ups

Top of the league plays a side hoping to progress towards an all-important place in the top six tonight as St Helens host Leeds – a team they have a very good record against in recent times.

The Rhinos revival under Rohan Smith took a knock in round in round 15 as they lost to Huddersfield, but a surprise victory over this St Helens side would make that a distant memory. Another loss for Leeds, as well as other results going against them, and they could get cut further adrift of the play-off places.

For St Helens, they will be hoping for their impressive form to continue. Unbeaten since April, Kristian Woolf’s side will be confident Thursday can become another seemingly routine victory as they look to reclaim the League Leaders’ Shield.

Kick-off time and TV channel: The game kicks off at 20:00. It is available to watch live on Sky Sports Arena from 7.30pm and Sky Sports Main Event at 8pm. The women’s match between the two sides is also televised from 5.15pm on Sky Sports Arena (kick-off 5.30pm).

Predicted line-ups

St Helens: There is only one change for Saints from their last game, as Curtis Sironen replaces James Bell in the 21-man squad. Jonny Lomax is named in the squad after being absent for last week’s international which is a boost. Mark Percival and Sione Mata’utia remain on the sidelines. Here is how we expect them to line-up:

1 Will Hopoate
2 Tommy Makinson
3 Konrad Hurrell
4 Ben Davies
5 Regan Grace
6 Jack Welsby
7 Jonny Lomax
8 Alex Walmsley
9 James Roby
10 Matty Lees
11 Curtis Sironen
12 Joe Batchelor
13 Morgan Knowles
14 Joey Lussick
15 Agnatius Pa’asi
16 Jake Wingfield
17 Dan Norman

Leeds Rhinos: It’s good news for Leeds fans, as Rohan Smith names arguably Leeds’ strongest 21-man squad so far this season. Aidan Sezer returns after a long spell out with a groin injury, alongside Kruise Leeming who comes back after illness. James Bentley also returns to the squad to face his former club, and will likely start. Here is our predicted Rhinos 17 for tonight:

1 Zak Hardaker
2 David Fusitu’a
3 Harry Newman
4 Liam Sutcliffe
5 Ash Handley
6 Blake Austin
7 Aidan Sezer
8 Mikolaj Oledzki
9 Kruise Leeming
10 Zane Tetevano
11 James Bentley
12 Rhyse Martin
13 Cameron Smith
14 James Donaldson
15 Matt Prior
16 Bodene Thompson
17 Brad Dwyer

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