Whilst Catalans drifted out of the play-off spots as the season wore on, Huddersfield were consigned to the rear end of the Super League table for all of 2019 and, like Hull KR and Wakefield, were saved from relegation by London.
For Catalans and boss Steve McNamara, it will be a case of whether or not they can continue for the same intensity throughout the season rather than falling away year on year. To help them, McNamara has brought in the world-class James Maloney as well as Joel Tomkins and ex-Dragon Josh Drinkwater.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, didn’t pick up a win until round seven in 2019 and boss Simon Woolford appeared close to exiting throughout the season. The former Canberra Raiders hooker stayed on, however, and plucked one out of the bag with the signing of NRL star Aidan Sezer, adding to the powerhouses Kenny Edwards and James Gavet.
The Dragons have been successful against the Giants on three out of the last four occasions. And, Catalans have triumphed at home against Huddersfield in three consecutive fixtures.
Though Huddersfield have bolstered their squad with quality signings, Catalans at home in front of their French faithful will take some stopping, especially with new boy Maloney running the show.
Catalan Dragons for the win.