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MATCH PREVIEW | London Broncos vs Wakefield Trinity

London Broncos host Wakefield at the Trailfinders Sports Ground as they look to record back-to-back home wins against Trinity. Here’s everything you need to know.

 

TEAM FORM GUIDE

London Broncos

London Broncos come into this off the back of a tough 18-8 loss to Wigan just over two weeks ago and are the most out-of-form team in Super League.

Wakefield Trinity

On the other hand, Wakefield played in the Challenge Cup last week and beat Widnes by a comfortable 20-point margin, just a week after they recorded a dramatic 1-point win away against Huddersfield.

 

SQUAD NEWS

London Broncos

London Broncos make one change to a the side that lost two Wigan in the previous round of Super League, with Daniel Hindmarsh making way for Matty Gee. New signing Olsi Krasniqi misses out on the 19-man squad on his return to his hometown, London.

The Broncos 19-man squad will be well-rested off the back of an 18-day turnaround as they look to avoid making it nine losses in a row.

London Broncos 19-man squad: Abdull, Adebiyi, Battye, Butler, Cunningham, Dixon, Fleming, Gee, Ioane, Kear, Lovell, Morgan, Pelissier, Pitts, Richards, Smith, Walker, Williams, Yates.

Wakefield Trinity

Junior Sa’u is included in Wakefield’s 19-man squad and could make his debut for Trinity having joined on a one-month loan deal from Salford, while Pauli Pauli is omitted after being sent to Salford as part of the deal.

Jacob Miller also comes into the squad for Lee Kershaw and is a key inclusion for the away side.

Wakefield Trinity 19-man squad: Annakin, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, Crowther, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, King, Kirmond, Kopczak, Lyne, Miller, Randell, Reynolds, Sa’u, Wood.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

London kicked off their Super League campaign with a shock win against Wakefield and ended a five game head-to-head losing streak. Wakefield are yet to host London this season and while they have the superior overall head-to-head record, London Broncos edge Wakefield when playing at home.

 

KEY BATTLE

Eddie Battye (London Broncos) v David Fifita (Wakefield Trinity)

Since he made a name for himself with a priceless try celebration on twitter in the season opener, Eddie Battye has been a key player in London’s efforts this season. Hard to handle in attack, Battye is pivotal to London’s go forward and attacking shape, however he has become increasingly less effective with teams getting closer to nullifying his effect as the season progresses.

Fifita is similarly pivotal for Wakefield although is objectively more effective in attack and provides a similar style of offloading game to Eddie Battye and will need to bring something more substantial than in his previous appearance at Trailfinders, although he has all the tools to do so. The two provide an interesting battle up front and will undoubtedly play a pivotal part in deciding the outcome of the game.

 

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Saturday 18th May
Venue: Trailfinders Sports Ground
Kick-off: 15:00 BST
Referee: L.Moore

 

WHO WILL WIN?

Wakefield are undoubtedly the form team coming into this and certainly will not take London lightly on their return to the capital, however, London are well-rested and have had extra time to prepare for this clash and will provide a stern task at home. Wakefield by 8.

 

 

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