Venue: Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Tigers: (from) Dorn, Webster, Shenton, Carney, Roberts, Gale, Lynch, Milner, Millington, O. Holmes, Cook, Massey, Boyle, Moors, Finn, Channing, McMeeken, Gibson, Springer.
Wolves: (from) Asotasi, Atkins, Clark, Currie, Dwyer, R. Evans, Harrison, Hill, G. King, Monaghan, Myler, Penny, Philbin, Ratchford, Sandow, Sims, Westwood, Wheeler, Wilde.
Ben Westwood takes the squad headlines ahead of tonight’s game, returning following a two match ban for a late challenge on Tigers half back Luke Gale.
The incident and subsequent punishment left a sour taste in the mouths of both coaches which led to a very public war of words between Daryl Powell and Tony Smith; sure to add extra spice to this clash.
On the field, this game is crucial for Warrington if they are to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive. Defeat would leave them six points adrift of Cas with five games to go, but a victory would haul Smith’s men to within two points of the Tigers and right back into top four contention.
Castleford make one change to the squad that beat Hull FC on Friday, as centre Michael Channing replaces hooker Paul McShane, a change which home fans will be hoping can produce a win to move above Huddersfield Giants into the play off places.
Warrington prop Anthony England misses out with an elbow injury picked up in Friday’s heavy defeat by Leeds Rhinos, while Ben Harrison and Ryan Atkins have recovered from injuries and come back into the 19-man squad.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Castleford 6, Warrington 44 (SLR23, 26/7/15)
Warrington 14, Castleford 22 (SLR9, 6/4/15)
Castleford 14, Warrington 30 (SLPSF, 25/9/14)
Warrington 48, Castleford 10 (SLR24, 15/8/14)
Castleford 40, Warrington 6 (SLR10, 21/4/14)
Castleford Tigers by 8. Both sides are suffering inconsistent form of late but Cas, on the back of last week’s hard-fought 36-30 home win over Hull, should have too much for the Wire, who have suffered big defeats at Headingley over the past two weeks.