Huddersfield Giants: (from) Danny Brough, Jodie Broughton, Jake Connor, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Jamie Ellis, Scott Grix, Craig Huby, Jack Hughes, Craig Kopczak, Michael Lawrence, Kruise Leeming, Jermaine McGillvary, Aaron Murphy, Oliver Roberts, Luke Robinson, Daniel Smith, Ukuma Ta’ai, Joe Wardle.
Castleford Tigers: (from) Ryan Boyle, Mike Channing, Matt Cook, Luke Dorn, Liam Finn, Luke Gale, Ashley Gibson, Oliver Holmes, Andy Lynch, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Denny Solomona, Gadwin Springer, Scott Wheeldon.
The heated battle for a top four spot in the Super 8s re-ignites tonight after last week’s Challenge Cup Final weekend.
The fourth round of fixtures gets underway this evening as Huddersfield host Castleford at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Giants are riding the crest of a wave having moved into third in the table following their ominously impressive win at St Helens two weeks ago, but fifth-placed Cas can move level on points with a victory.
Paul Anderson’s men won both meetings with their West Yorkshire rivals during the regular season, including a 22-0 home victory in March.
In the home camp, the Giants boss has named an unchanged 19-man squad from their last game for Thursday’s contest.
And it looks set to be a special day for Eorl Crabtree, who will make his 400th appearance for the club if selected.
Impressively, the towering prop is one of seven ever-presents in the Huddersfield team this year.
Anderson’s Tigers counterpart, Daryl Powell, has been forced to make two changes to his squad after their defeat to Catalans last time out saw them lose ground on tonight’s opponents.
Captain Michael Shenton misses out through injury, while Justin Carney is suspended pending an internal Club investigation. Powell has opted to recall full back Luke Dorn and versatile outside back Denny Solomona to his squad.
The recent upheaval in the Cas camp will have provided an unwelcome distraction as they go in search of a top four place, while Huddersfield appear to be hitting a rich vein of form at the right time.
They should have too much for Daryl Powell’s men. Huddersfield by 18.
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