SL Preview: Leeds v Huddersfield

 

Huddersfield have made two changes to their 19-man squad for Friday night’s trip to Leeds.

Top of the pile Huddersfield will be looking for a response following their 43-18 humbling at home to Bradford.

Leeds on the other hand will be looking to their third back to back win in the league after they overcame St Helens 20-12.

Following the completion of his loan spell at Hull KR, Dale Ferguson comes in the squad alongside Stuart Fielden, with Luke George and Anthony Mullally dropping out of the 19-man cut.

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott has named an unchanged 19-man squad which could see Ryan Bailey return following knee surgery.

Leeds 19-man squad: Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Vickery

Huddersfield 19-man squad: Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGuillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan, Ta’ai, Murphy, Cording, Fairbank, Ferguson, Fielden

Prediction: Bradford will arrive at Leeds with a point to prove following their defeat last week.

Stats:

Huddersfield have won on their last two visits to Headingley – Leeds’ last home victory against the Giants was 21-20 on 16 July, 2010.

Danny Brough has scored points in his last eight games against Leeds (6 for Huddersfield and 2 for Wakefield). His streak began in the Wildcats’ 32-30 home defeat by the Rhinos on 10 July, 2009.

Super League summary:

Leeds won 25 (includes win in 2011 play-offs)
Huddersfield won 5
Leeds highest score: 86-6 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)
Huddersfield highest score: 48-24 (H, 2012) (Widest margin: 38-6, A, 2011)

 

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