With the Dragons’ game against Wakefield called off last weekend, their only result so far was a disappointing 32-12 hammering by Huddersfield at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. Castleford, meanwhile, have impressed in the opening two rounds, beating Toronto and then overcoming Wigan with a severely depleted side out.
As such, the Dragons sit in tenth whereas the Tigers occupy second place, only behind leaders Hull FC on points difference.
The Dragons have lost their last six games from 2019 into 2020, but they did beat Castleford 37-16 in the two side’s last meeting in April last year. In fact, the French side have won their last two home games against the Tigers which will give Steve McNamara’s men some hope.
McNamara has named new, controversial signing Israel Folau in his 21-man squad as Lewis Tierney also returns from injury. Castleford boss Daryl Powell does have some good news on the injury front with Mike McMeeken, George Griffin and Tyla Hepi all set to return as youngsters Lewis Peachey, Brad Graham and Bailey Hodgson are left out.
Catalans looked awful against Huddersfield in round one and, despite the high-profile signing of Israel Folau, Castleford look to be playing some great Rugby League and should be too strong for the Dragons even away from home.