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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Huddersfield can make the most of flying visit to Catalans

Parcell can touch down for Leeds

Huddersfield's Danny Brough
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Catalans v Huddersfield
Sky Sports 1, from 5pm Saturday

Catalans and Huddersfield sit side by side in the Betfred Super League table, separated by a single point, but the clubs appear to be heading in different directions.

The Dragons have won just once in eight games while the Giants' last six league matches have yielded three victories (one over Catalans) and three defeats, all by five points or fewer.

A success for Rick Stone's side in the south of France is priced at 6-4 and victory would see them leapfrog their hosts and move out of the bottom four.

The Giants are flying in and out of France on the day and are set to keep faith with the team that steamrollered Warrington 44-4 last time out.

They can also boast a recent win at Leeds as well as the come from behind 18-10 Magic Weekend success over the Rhinos.

That result led to the sacking of Dragons boss Laurent Frayssinous and caretaker coaches Jerome Guisset and Michael Monaghan remain at the helm.

They steered the French outfit to a home win over Hull but needed two late tries to prevail in a poor game and Huddersfield receiving four points start at even money looks a decent bet.

It would have been a winning wager in three of the Giants' last four cross-Channel jaunts.

At 7pm, Leeds make the short trip to Wakefield for a match that's crucial in the race for the top four.

Wakey are 13-8 to make it eight consecutive wins in all competitions and climb above their illustrious neighbours on the league ladder.

The Rhinos comprehensively defeated Trinity 38-14 back in March and look worth backing to end their rivals' winning streak.

Coach Brian McDermott is set to welcome back fit-again full back Ashton Golding, who was outstanding in the previous win over Wakefield. Stevie Ward is back from suspension.

The home side are without injured stars Danny Kirmond, Tom Johnstone and Jacob Miller and the Rhinos should prove too strong.

The 10-11 that Leeds win by more than an unconverted try is worth taking.

Rhinos hooker Matt Parcell continues to be underrated in the anytime try scorer market. The Australian scored in the earlier meeting with Wakey and has touched down in eight of his 17 appearances. He is 2-1 to score a try.

Huddersfield +4
2pts evens bet365, Hills
Leeds -4
3pts 10-11 general
M Parcell to score a try
1pt 2-1 Betfred, Skybet

The Giants are flying in and out of France on the day and are set to keep faith with the team that steamrollered Warrington 44-4
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