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Super League Match Preview: Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings

Date: Friday 6th March

Venue: John Smiths Stadium

Kick-Off: 8pm

Huddersfield Giants 19 man squad:

Scott Grix, Jermaine McGilvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle, Aaron Murphy, Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree, Shaun Lunt, Craig Huby, Brett Ferres, Jack Hughes, Chris Bailey, Michael Lawrence, Craig Kopczak, Kyle Wood, Ukuma Ta’ai, Anthony Mullally, Jamie Ellis, Jake Connor

Widnes Vikings 19 man squad:

Patrick Ah Van, Kevin Brown, Hep Cahill, Chris Clarkson, Chris Dean, Gil Dudson, Paddy Flynn, Danny Galea, Alex Gerrard, Rhys Hanbury, Aaron Heremaia, Ben Kavanagh, Manase Manuokafoa, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Eamon O’Carroll, Cameron Phelps, Danny Tickle, Lloyd White

Last Five Meetings

Huddersfield Giants 28-14 Widnes Vikings – Round 24 2014

Widnes Vikings 22-20 Huddersfield Giants – Round 3 2014

Widnes Vikings 22-36 Huddersfield Giants – Round 15 2013

Huddersfield Giants 62-6 Widnes Vikings – Round 10 2013

Widnes Vikings 26-22 Huddersfield Giants – Round 16 2012

Preview:

A winless Huddersfield Giants host a travelling Widnes Vikings on Friday night who haven’t won away to the Giants since a 20-14 win in the old Division One back in 1996.

Paul Anderson’s men have lost out to Hull FC, Wigan Warriors and most recently went down 28-24 at Leeds to a late Paul Aiton try.

The Vikings have had a good start to 2015 with a draw against Wigan and a blow-out 58-16 victory at home to Wakefield Wildcats either side of also losing away to Leeds themselves.

Since the start of Super League the home side have won eight of the 14 meetings with five wins for Widnes and one draw back in 2003.

Last season home advantage was a big factor in this fixture with Denis Betts’ men edging it 22-20 at the Select Security Stadium before losing at the John Smiths Stadium 28-14 later in the year.

Danny Brough has been a constant thorn in the Vikings side having scored points in all of his 13 appearances against the club while playing for Hull FC and Castleford Tigers as well as the Giants.

The visitors ended a run of eight straight defeats at the hands of Wakefield emphatically in Round 3 and will be out to end their rotten run away to Huddersfield in Round 4.

Prediction: Huddersfield have gone close to victories at Wigan and Leeds so their start to the season hasn’t been as bad as it seems. With a Widnes Vikings side who are high on confidence coming their way it will be a tough night for the Giants but the Vikings’ record on the road isn’t the greatest. My Superbru prediction is the home side to nick it, Giants by 6

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