Fan panel: Our expert Castleford and Wakefield fans preview tonight’s game

Wakefield Fan: John Trainor

The Easter period is going to be our best opportunity to see what Wakefield are all about.

Sure, we’ve had a good start and won some games, but they’ve come against the sides that have been struggling at the start of the year, and we’ve lost in what have been our two biggest tests, against Wigan and Warrington.

Castleford and Hull FC provide two further tough contests but we have to come away with some point. Defeats would leave us looking back on four straight defeats and having to reconsider what we can realistically achieve this year.

The game against the Tigers is an interesting one, they’ve managed to go under the radar after being pumped first time out by St Helens, but they’re unbeaten since and showed in their game against Leeds that they’re rediscovering their form from last year.

That said, they still have weaknesses. Their forward pack isn’t as dominant as it was last year and I think we can try and get on top of them, although doing so has been made that bit harder without David Fifita.

That said, we have great depth, and I think we might just get through it.

Score prediction: Wakefield 18-16 Castleford

Castleford fan: Mike Preston

We enter the busy Easter period with four out of five wins and we haven’t fully hit our stride, but we face another tough test against an ever improving Wakefield team.

It was certainly a tale of two halves against Leeds, it had a fantastic feel to it at Elland Road and both sets of fans certainly did their bit.

The players more than did their bit on the night, we had excitement, anxiety, commitment, passion and biff! We got off to an unbelievable start, it was like watching a highlight reel of the 2017 season. We seemed to take our foot off the gas and Leeds being the champion team they have punished us with a couple of soft kick tries. Who’d have thought that Luke Gale’s drop goal would determine the game?

I think the second half showed our lack of match action and this Easter period could actually work out well for us with games coming thick and fast.

Wakefield have lost their last two games but this is a derby and they’re a great team, form goes out of the window. Both wingers are outstanding. Bill Tupou and Jake Webster will again be a fascinating contest. But it’s up front where the game will be won.

Wakefield have formed a formidable pack, but Fifita will be a big loss. Although Watts is still suspended I think Millington, Matt Cook, Junior Moors and Massey are on top of their game.

Cas to be a little too strong on the night.

Score prediction: Wakefield 16–31 Castleford