There’s a big West Yorkshire derby to look forward to in Betfred Super League on Friday evening, as Castleford Tigers play host to Huddersfield Giants (Match betting – Castleford Evens, Huddersfield 10/11).
Not only is there local pride at stake, but these two have Grand Finals aspirations, with the Tigers currently sixth in the table and the Giants sat in third after 16 games played.
A win for the hosts will see Castleford move into the top five and they go into this clash following back-to-back wins over French duo Catalans Dragons and Toulouse.
The home side’s good form has led to impressive crowd figures at The Jungle this term, with the Tigers averaging over 8,000 fans per game and another packed house is expected against a Giants team who have lost just four of their 16 Super League matches this season.
Forward Joe Westerman believes that home support could prove crucial for Cas’ play-off hopes and feels it’s important the squad continue to impress on home soil.
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Speaking to Sky Sports, Westerman said: “I’ve been a Cas fan myself and there’s nothing better than being stood on the terraces and seeing Cas win.
“We (the team) just need to keep performing, getting the fans behind us and I think we’ll keep getting the wins.”
The Giants have won six games on the spin and have already beaten Castleford at the John Smith’s Stadium back in March.
No fewer than 60 points were scored in that Huddersfield success, with Ricky Leutele scoring a hat-trick, however, it was announced this week that the Samoan is facing three months on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Coach Ian Watson has said Leutele’s absence gives Toby King a chance to impress, with the 25-year-old 5/4 in the Anytime Tryscorer market for Friday night’s big clash.
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