It’s that time of the week again as we try and predict how the round four fixtures will play out.
Wigan v Castleford
Two of the four unbeaten teams go head to head in this one as the Warriors and Tigers attempt to make it four from four in the early rounds of 2021. With Bevan French expected to be back for Wigan, it’s all eyes on where Zak Hardaker will play after the former Castleford man has deputized superbly at fullback. Liam Byrne returns from suspension in place of Sam Halsall. Danny Richardson and Brad Martin come in for Daryl Powell’s men as the suspended Jesse Sene-Lefao and injured Gareth O’Brien miss out. It will be an interesting one this, but the Tigers have perhaps looked just a bit more impressive in the opening rounds.
Castleford by 6
Hull KR v Leeds
Brad Takairangi is in line to make his competitive debut for Hull KR, with Matty Storton and Will Dagger coming in for Tony Smith’s side also. Mikey Lewis is suspended whilst Korbin Sims sits out with a head knock. Leeds welcome back five from injury with Richie Myler, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Bodene Thompson and King Vuniyayawa coming into Richard Agar’s squad. Zane Tetevana drops out, as do Liam Sutcliffe, Corey Hall and Levi Edwards. The Rhinos may have a conglomerate of injured players returning, but Rovers look to be improving each week.
Hull KR by 2
St Helens v Huddersfield
The most impressive team in the league host one of the most disappointing as Saints take on Huddersfield. Tommy Makinson is out for Kristian Woolf’s side, but Sione Mata’utia comes back in after impressing greatly in the opening two rounds. Mark Percival could also return, but with Jack Welsby in form it isn’t that much of an issue for Saints. Huddersfield boss Ian Watson names an unchanged squad. St Helens will have too much for the Giants, it’s as simple as that.
St Helens by 30
Hull FC v Wakefield
Hull are still technically unbeaten, having played out the first draw of the season against Warrington, whilst Wakefield haven’t won a game in 2021 yet. Ligi Sao returns from injury for FC as Jack Brown drops out. Chris Chester does have some more positive news on the injury front too as Max Jowitt, Kelepi Tanginoa and Liam Kay return from spells on the sidelines. Captain Jacob Miller drops out alongside Josh Wood. There looks to be only one winner of this fixture considering how both sides have fared so far and it’s the home team.
Hull FC by 24
Salford v Leigh
Neither side has won in 2021 yet so the basement battle is well and truly on. Leigh have got ten men out including Joe Mellor and Adam Sidlow who both limped off against Castleford last weekend. Anthony Gelling, however, is in line to make his debut for the Centurions after joining the club earlier in the month. Krisnan Inu replaces Kallum Watkins for Salford as Andy Ackers and Elijah Taylor drop out. James Greenwood returns. It’s actually a really different one to predict considering how bad both sides have been so far, but home advantage may prove crucial for Richard Marshall’s first win.
Salford by 12
Catalans v Warrington
Both sides are unbeaten, with Catalans winning three from three and Warrington winning two and drawing one. The Wolves haven’t won at the Stade Gilbert Brutus since 2018 and haven’t looked that convincing so far in 2021. Meanwhile, the Dragons thrashed Salford last week at they remain one of only four sides that have won all their games. With Sam Tomkins at the back, Catalans look increasingly dangerous and they may exploit Warrington’s inconsistency.
Catalans by 10