Despite losing their first game of the season, Catalans have won two on the bounce to sit sixth in the Super League table – including a brilliant last-minute 34-29 victory away at Hull FC last weekend. Salford, on the other hand, have bitterly disappointed so far with four losses in five games with their latest defeat at the hands of Wakefield last weekend, 22-12. That result left the Red Devils in tenth, just two places above winless Toronto.
Steve McNamara names an unchanged squad from the one that beat Castleford a fortnight ago, though Samisoni Langi is a doubt after picking up a knock against Hull.
The Catalans’ 21-man squad is as follows: Lewis Tierney, Samisoni Langi, Israel Folau, Fouad Yaha, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Rémi Casty, Micky Mcilorum, Matt Whitley, Benjamin Garcia, Julian Bousquet, Mickael Simon, Benjamin Jullien, Alrix Da Costa, Paul Seguier, Arthur Romano, Antoni Maria, Jason Baitieri., Arthur Mourgue, Sam Kasiano, Sam Tomkins.
Kevin Brown, Jack Ormondroyd and Tyrone McCarthy return for Salford in place of Connor Jones, Josh Johnson and James Greenwood.
The Red Devils’ 21-man squad in full: Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Dan Sarginson, Tui Lolohea, Kevin Brown, Lee Mossop, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Ryan Lannon, Pauli Pauli, Tyrone McCarthy, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Greg Burke, Luke Yates, Chris Atkin, Mark Flanagan, Rhys Williams, Ken Sio, Elliot Kear, Jack Ormondroyd, Oliver Roberts.
Last time they met
Salford came up trumps the last time these two sides met with a 40-14 victory in July 2019. That compiled Catalans’ misery against the Red Devils, with the latter already handing the French side a 46-0 hammering at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in March.
Salford may well have got the better of the Dragons twice in 2019, but both teams appear to be different animals in 2020. The Red Devils have only beaten struggling Toronto, whilst Catalans have put both Castleford and Hull FC to the sword. Catalans to run away with it at home.
Catalan Dragons for the win.
If we had to pick a Line
Salford Red Devils +14.5