Saints welcome Leeds with both sides needing points

League leaders St Helens welcome Leeds Rhinos to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday.

Both sides need the points for completely different reasons, as St Helens need points to step further towards finishing top of the table, and Leeds need the points to get away from relegation trouble.

Saints come into the game off the back of a resounding 38-2 victory against Huddersfield Giants last Friday, while Leeds lost 23-14 at home to Wigan Warriors.

The home side make two changes from last week as Regan Grace and Matty Lees return to the squad after being rested. They replace Adam Swift and Joseph Paulo.

As for Leeds, Matt Parcell returns, but Tui Lolohea is unavailable after being selected for mid season test for Tonga. Meanwhile, Jack Walker and Ash Handley are named, despite being doubts for the game with injury.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm.

Key Battles

Mark Percival vs. Kallum Watkins- Two England internationals, both are key to their sides success. There is no doubt the Rhinos will miss Watkins when he departs for Gold Coast Titans at the end of the month. Both players are certainly capable of unlocking a defence.

Kevin Naiqama vs. Konrad Hurrell- Two marquee signings, both have had a huge impact on their sides so far. Naiqama has been in a rich vain of try scoring form since joining from Wests Tigers and Hurrell has been a top metre maker for the Rhinos. Both players could well have a say.

Prediction

Games between Saints and Leeds are close, no matter where the two teams are in the table. I will go Saints by four points.

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