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Warrington Wolves vs Catalans Dragons: Kick-off time, TV channel and predicted line-ups

Two of last year’s top three meet at the Halliwell Jones tonight in the biggest game of the round.

Last season, as Catalans finished top of the pile they had trouble beating the Wolves even being knocked out of the cup by the Wire. The Wolves have started 2022 impressively winning all three games whilst the Dragons have recovered from an opening game defeat to St Helens to win their last two.

However, their job has been made harder by the number of players they have absent through injury and suspension. Could the Wolves therefore continue their 100% start?

Kick-off time and TV channel

The game kicks off at 8pm at the Halliwell Jones tonight.

TV coverage will begin at 7:30pm on Sky Sports Arena.

Predicted line-ups

Warrington Wolves
For Warrington they’re set to name their strongest side of the season so far and it comes at the right time against last year’s table toppers. The Wolves’ backs will be one-seven with Gareth Widdop set to return after missing the win at Toulouse last week. I can also see Daryl Clarke and Mike Cooper returning t0 the starting 13 after starting on the bench last time out. Oliver Holmes and Ben Currie are both back to give Daryl Powell a welcome headache at second-row with Currie most likely set for a bench spot after returning from injury. Powell will also have to make a tough call where the rest of bench is concerned. Danny Walker may be the unlucky one if Powell wants some extra size amongst the interchanges to truly blow away the Dragons.

1 Stefan Ratchford
2 Josh Charnley
3 Peter Mata’utia
4 Toby King
5 Matty Ashton
6 Gareth Widdop
7 George Williams
19 Rob Mulhern
9 Daryl Clarke
10 Mike Cooper
12 Oliver Holmes
13 Jack Hughes
14 Jason Clarke
Substitutes
8 Joe Philbin
11 Ben Currie
15 Joe Bullock
17 Matt Davis

Catalans Dragons
If predicting Warrington’s team is tough because of the options they have, then picking Catalans’ side is harder due to the lack there of. The first big question lies at fullback following Sam Tomkins’ injury which will likely see Romain Franco feature at fullback. The Frenchman is a natural winger but has played at one in the Elite One Championship in the past. Meanwhile, another young Frenchman will also figure in the backline with Matthieu Laguerre set to replace Dean Whare. In the pack it’s another case of making do with Mike McMeeken again set to feature at prop. At least Mickael Goudemand is back after missing the win at Headingley.

26 Romain Franco
2 Tom Davies
18 Matthieu Laguerre
3 Samisoni Langi
5 Fouad Yaha
6 Mitchell Pearce
7 Josh Drinkwater
12 Mike McMeeken
14 Alrix Da Costa
23 Jordan Dezaria
11 Matt Whitley
15 Benjamin Jullien
13 Ben Garcia
Substitutes
16 Paul Seguier
17 Mickael Goudemand
20 Tyrone May
28 Sam Kasiano

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