High-flying Wakefield host Huddersfield at the Mobile Rocket Stadium this Sunday with the possibility of topping the table at the end of the round on the line.
TEAM FORM GUIDE
Wakefield have been faultless so far this season with three wins from three so far. Their three wins came against Hull KR, Salford Red Devils, and Catalans Dragons.Their success against the Giants, however, has been limited with only 3 wins at home in the last nine years.
Huddersfield have opened their Super League campaign with a win against Warrington and losses agains Hull FC and St Helens. Last time out, the Giants put in a respectable performance against league leaders St Helens and will look to get their campaign back on track and maintain their good away record at Wakefield this Sunday.
Chris Chester includes Joe Arundel, Keegan Hirst and Jordan Crowther as Justin Horo, Reece Lyne, and Kyle Wood all drop out. Hirst has only made one appearance so far this season.
Wakefield (from): Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Baldwinson, Caton-Brown, Crowther, England, Fifita, Finn, Grix, Hampshire, Hirst, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Miller, Pauli, Tupou
Huddersfield stick with a similar team that lost to St. Helens last time out with Rick Stone bringing in Sam Wood to replace the injured Adam Walne.
Huddersfield (from): Mamo, McGillvary, Turner, Murphy, Gaskell, Brough, Ikahihifo, Leeming, Hinchcliffe, Ferguson, Rankin, Roberts, Ta’ai, Clough, Smith, O’Brien, McIntosh, Roche, Wood
Having been rearrange to Sunday due to adverse weather conditions, the game will take place after the help of volunteers to clear the pitch of snow. Wakefield have got their season off to a perfect start and look to be title contenders this time round. They have, however, only played three teams from the bottom four of the Super League. In Huddersfield, they now play another team in the bottom four, with only one win in three games. By contrast, Huddersfield have played three potential title contenders in their opening three games: Hull FC, Warrington, and St Helens.
Wakefield’s fixture this season have typically been low scoring, while Huddersfield have had a mixture of points tally’s. On Sunday, however, it looks as though its going to be a low-scorer considering the weather conditions. Nevertheless, it looks a cracker as Wakefield looked to have weakened and rotated their side with Justin Horo, Reece Lyne, and Kyle Wood all dropping out, and Huddersfield naming pretty much the same squad that has been improving with every game this season.
Wakefield have showed a marked difference in their attitude this season and now boast one of the best defences in Super League. As a result, the conditions will probably suit them and although it should be tight, they should make it four from four this Sunday. If Huddersfield field are to win, they need to emulate their opponents and improve considerably in defence having only held Warrington to be.low 25 points so far, a side that struggles to score lots of points in general.
Huddersfield have won 4 of the last 6 games between the two sides played at Wakefield’s home ground.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
WHO WILL WIN?
Wakefield should win this one with their much improved defence in tough conditions. Wakefield by 4.