Venue: Wheldon Road
Castleford Tigers 19 man squad: Boyle, Channing, Dorn, Finn, Gibson, Holmes, Lynch, Maher, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Moors, Roberts, Shenton, Solomona, Springer, Wheeldon
St Helens 19 man squad: Amor, Burns, Flanagan, Greenwood, Jones, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Makinson, Masoe, Percival, Quinlan, Richards, Roby, Savelio, Swift, Thompson, Turner, Walmsley, Walsh, Wilkin
Last Five Meetings
Castleford Tigers 25-24 St Helens – Round 19, 2015
St Helens 21-14 Castleford Tigers – Round 3, 2015
St Helens 41-0 Castleford Tigers – Qualifying Play-Off, 2014
St Helens 38-16 Castleford Tigers – Round 17, 2014
Castleford Tigers 28-30 St Helens – Round 8, 2014
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell admits that his side’s clash with St Helens will be a “defining moment” of their season.
The Tigers have seen their play-off push severely dented by back-to-back defeats at Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants, and another defeat would end any realistic hopes of making the top four.
“We’re four points behind and our points difference is not great but we need to start reeling one of the teams in. This is a defining moment in our season,” the 2014 Coach of the Year said.
“It’s going to be a tough challenge, there is no question about that, but we’ve beaten all the sides we’re playing against so we can do it.
“The challenge is to do it under pressure. It’s do or die for us and I hope our performance reflects that.”
Powell will be able to call upon the services of Michael Shenton, who remarkably returns only three weeks after dislocating his shoulder for the second time this season.
However Nathan Massey and Jake Webster will miss the remainder of the campaign through injury, while Justin Carney remains suspending as a internal disciplinary investigation continues.
Saints, meanwhile, halted a run of four consecutive defeats with a 32-18 victory at league leaders Leeds Rhinos last week.
Prediction: St Helens by 12. Castleford have faded in recent weeks, while the return of Jon Wilkin injected some much needed leadership into the St Helens side last week. If the big Saints pack picks up where they left off at Headingley, the reigning champions could win comfortably.