Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants preview

The Salford Red Devils will look to continue their wave of momentum as the club looks for a fifth successive win against a form Huddersfield Giants team. 

The Giants host the Red Devils on the back of a three match winning run under interim head coach Luke Robinson. 

While Salford’s confidence is high after a thrilling 24-22 win against the Warrington Wolves, which saw them clinch their first Challenge Cup final berth in 51 years. History states that Salford have a strong chance of prevailing at Headingley. 

Under head coach Ian Watson the Red Devils have lost to the Giants away from home. An unbeaten run a number of Salford stars hope will resume as they hope to put themselves in the shop window ahead of the Challenge Cup final on the 17th October. 

However, Huddersfield will be no pushovers having won the last encounter between the two teams 12-10 and remain in playoff contention as it stands. 

Injury News for Salford Red Devils

Salford will be without several key players against Huddersfield, with five players expected to be missing for the Red Devils.

Tyrone McCarthy, Mark Flanagan, Niall Evalds, Ken Sio and Josh Johnson will all miss the fixture at Headingley. Salford boss Watson hopes Flanagan will feature on Tuesday.

“Mark Flanagan has a shoulder problem. We will not risk him but he might play some minutes for us on Tuesday to make sure he is right for the Final. Watson said. 

However, McCarthy, Evalds, Sio and Johnson are unlikely to back for the foreseeable future. 

“Tyrone McCarthy will definitely be out injured for tomorrow’s game against Huddersfield. He has had to go to hospital. We are hoping it is not his appendix and that he doesn’t have to have to have it taken out. Watson stated

Tyrone has had a really bad gastric illness for the last couple of days. He was taken to hospital yesterday so we are hoping he is all good. McCarthy won’t feature but we wish him well and that he will be back with us pretty quickly.”

“Obviously, Niall (Evalds), Ken (Sio) and Josh Johnson are still out but apart from them, everyone else I think is okay.” Watson added 

Red Devils boss Ian Watson ahead of the clash

Ahead of their first Challenge Cup final since 1969, the Red Devils must first overcome a packed schedule, with two fixtures in the next five days. Watson admits he would have preferred to have played an Easter weekend, 

“I would have liked to have played probably a bit of an Easter period. Watson said.

“Maybe Thursday followed by Sunday, this would have given us a full week’s preparation going into the Challenge Cup Final.I suppose Leeds probably would have liked that as well but the matches are going to be played on the same day.”

“I would rather be complaining and talking about playing a game on Tuesday before playing in the Challenge Cup Final on Saturday, than not playing at all.”