Match preview: Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves

Two of the games major forces clash today at the John Smiths Stadium, as Huddersfield and Warrington look to make movements towards the head of the Super League table.

Prop Eorl Crabtree is set to make his 350th appearance for Huddersfield. Hooker Shaun Lunt is back from injury and Michael Lawrence is available after a ban, while young full-back Jake Connor is also named in the squad.

The Wolves have won their last nine meetings against the Giants, including that victory in the play-offs last season that helped Warrington reach the Grand Final.

Coach Tony Smith names an unchanged 19-man squad from the team that lost to champions Wigan last time out.

The Squads
Huddersfield Giants:
Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Faiumu, Ta’ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Johnson, Connor.

Warrington Wolves: Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, B. Evans, R. Evans, Grix, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O’Brien, Ormsby, Ratchford, Riley, Russell, Waterhouse, Westwood.

The Stats
Warrington have won their last nine meetings (two away from home) with Huddersfield. The Giants’ last victory against the Wolves was a 29-10 home win on 8 April, 2011.

Huddersfield’s Jermaine McGillvary has scored a try in each of the Giants’ last three meetings with Warrington.

The Prediction
A tough one to call, however, home advantage could be pivotal for the Giants. That and the fact Warrington look slightly out of sorts suggest it could be Paul Anderson’s men who prevail and take the two competition points.