London Broncos host Huddersfield at Trailfinders Sports Ground in a pivotal clash for both teams’ seasons, with the Broncos sitting just two above 11th placed Huddersfield Giants.
TEAM FORM GUIDE
London come into this one off the back of a tight loss against Hull FC at home, in which they staged a late comeback from 14-points down.
On the other hand, Huddersfield blew out Hull KR 42-8 last time out after an embarrassing loss at home to St Helens the week prior.
London head coach, Danny Ward, has named an unchanged side following a relatively injury free outing last time at home against Hull FC.
London Broncos 19-man squad: Abdull, Battye, Butler, Davis, Dixon, Fleming, Fozard, Gee, Kear, Lovell, Mason, Morgan, Pelissier, Pitts, Richards, Smith, Walker, Williams, Yates.
The Giants have made one change to their squad, bringing in Adam O’Brien to the 19-man squad for the trip down south.
Huddersfield 19-man squad: McIntosh, McGillvary, Turner, Uate, Gaskell, Frawley, Leeming, Matagi, Mellor, Lawrence, O’Brien, Roberts, Ta’ai, English, Ikahihifo, Hewitt, L Senior, I Senior, Wardle.
HEAD TO HEAD
London have a disastrous record at home against Huddersfield, having lost all of their last 5 at home against Huddersfield. More generally, London have not beaten Huddersfield home or away in the last 12 meetings. On the face of it, it looks a tough day to be a London Bronco when Huddersfield are in town.
Rhys Williams (London Broncos) vs Jermaine McGilvary (Huddersfield Giants)
London Broncos struggled to contain Hull’s big metre-makers last week and will face one of the toughest tasks this week in containing Huddersfield and England winger, Jermaine McGillvary. Interestingly, Broncos flyer Rhys Williams fits a similar mould to McGillvary and makes metres for fun with his hefty frame.
As the fixture looks to be very tight between the two sides, their exits off the back of kicks will need to be exceptional to get their side on the front foot. Both men have a huge chance to influence the game and lead the way forward early in the sets alongside their fellow outside backs.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Date: Sunday 31st March
Venue: Trailfinders Sports Ground
Time: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Chris Kendall
WHO WILL WIN?
With both sides looking to avoid the drop this season, this game is set to be a cracker. London have already taken a couple of scalps at home in the form of Wakefield and Wigan, while Hull also had a close shave last week in the Capital. London are a good quality Super League team with great continuity and are generally formidable at home. If they stick with Huddersfield – who will no doubt start fast – in the early parts of the game then they stand a good chance to buck the historical trend and edge this one. London by 4.