Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus
Kick Off: 17:00 (BST)
Referee: James Child
Catalan Dragons: 1 Morgan Escaré, 4 Willie Tonga, 5 Michael Oldfield, 6 Todd Carney, 7 Scott Dureau, 8 Olivier Elima, 9 Ian Henderson, 10 Rémi Casty, 11 Zeb Taia, 12 Louis Anderson, 13 Greg Mounis, 16 Eloi Pelissier, 17 Elliott Whitehead, 20 Damien Cardace, 21 Julian Bousquet, 23 Antoni Maria, 24 Jason Baitieri, 27 Fouad Yaha, 28 Tony Gigot
Wigan Warriors: 14 John Bateman, 1 Matty Bowen, 5 Joe Burgess, 2 Josh Charnley, 8 Dom Crosby, 10 Ben Flower, 20 Ryan Hampshire, 30 Rhodri Lloyd, 9 Michael McIlorum, 23 Lee Mossop, 13 Sean O’Loughlin, 25 Larne Patrick, 16 Sam Powell, 4 Dan Sarginson, 7 Matty Smith, 28 Ryan Sutton, 24 Taulima Tautai, 11 Joel Tomkins, 6 George Williams
Last Ten Results:
Wigan 34-0 Catalan (SLR10 12/4/2015)
Catalan 16-37 Wigan (SLR20 12/7/2014)
Wigan 22-16 Catalan (SLR7 28/3/2014)
Catalan 22-8 Wigan (SLR25 17/8/2013)
Wigan 38-0 Catalan (SLR6 8/3/2013)
Wigan 46-6 Catalan (SLPOSFQ 14/9/2012)
Catalan 14-36 Wigan (SLR17 9/6/2012)
Wigan 36-12 Catalan (SLR5 4/3/2012)
Wigan 44-0 Catalan (SLPOPSF 25/9/2011)
Catalan 20-12 Wigan (SLR16 4/6/2011)
Wigan travel to Perpignan on to take on Catalan Dragons on Saturday evening.
If other results go their way on Thursday and Friday, the Warriors could potentially move top of the table with a win, however, the Dragons have won their last four successive home games in league and cup.
Seventh placed Catalan will be hoping to consolidate their place in the top 8 with victory at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Laurent Frayssinous is without former Wigan Warrior Jeff Lima for Saturday’s game. The prop has been handed a four match ban following his red card against Featherstone Rovers in last Sunday’s narrow Challenge Cup win.
Catalan’s joint top try scorer this season, Benjamin Garcia, is ruled out through injury, while Vincent Duport and Ben Pomeroy remain long-term absentees.
Tony Gigot is in line to make his first Super League appearance for the Dragons since 2011. The French international made his second debut for the club in last week’s Cup victory.
Stan Robin, Thomas Bosc and Gadwin Springer are all left out of the 19-man squad having all featured last week.
Ian Henderson, Olivier Elima, Scott Dureau, Todd Carney, Zeb Taia and Jason Baitieri are all recalled for the visit of the three-time Super League champions.
Rhodri Lloyd is brought into Shaun Wane’s preliminary squad to replace Liam Farrell, who suffered a broken nose and concussion in last week’s Cup defeat to Hull KR.
Prop Ben Flower looks set to start having overcome a hamstring strain.
Meanwhile scrum-half Matty Smith needs just one more point to move into triple figures for the season.
Just over a month ago the Warriors eased to victory over the Catalan, nilling the French side in the process. That victory was Wigan’s eighth in the last nine meetings between the two sides.
However, hooker Michael McIlorum told the club website that he and his team mates are still hurting following last week’s Cup exit; “We’re gutted. We’re going to have to wait another year to have a crack at it. At the start of the year you set the goals, you want to be in both finals and to be knocked out in the first round (for Wigan) is very disappointing.”
The England international also said he is anticipating a tough game on Saturday; “I missed the game last year, I’d broke my arm, the young kids really came of age though. It’s a tougher game over there.
“They put it about, it’s a physical one and it will be a completely different game to the one over here. They always seem to play a bit better and run a bit harder in France so I’m looking forward to it. We’re ready for the challenge.”
Prediction: Draw – Wigan have had the better of meetings with Catalan but the Dragons are formidible in front of their own fans. The Warriors are in good form too, winning their last five Super League games so it should be a close one on Saturday.
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