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Super League match preview: Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors
Castleford Tigers will be targeting another scalp on home soil when they go head-to-head with the third-placed Wigan Warriors.
While Ian Millward's men are pointless away from the Wish Communications Stadium they followed up their victory against the Leeds Rhinos with a point against the Catalan Dragons last week.
Wigan returned to winning ways last weekend with a comfortable 48-18 success over the lowly London Broncos at the DW Stadium.
The Warriors ran out convincing winners over the Tigers last season, securing a 40-16 home win while also claiming a 46-4 triumph in West Yorkshire.
Castleford are boosted by the return from suspension of stand-off Rangi Chase, with temporary replacement Gareth O'Brien dropping out of Millward's squad.
Prop forward Jacob Emmitt makes his first appearance of the season in place of Jonathan Walker.
Wigan are likely to recall prop Scott Taylor in place of Lee Mossop, who is out for up to 12 weeks with a dislocated shoulder.
Wales international second-rower Rhodri Lloyd is hoping to make his first appearance of the season.
Castleford Tigers: Owen, Carney, Shenton, Webster, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Millington, Emmitt, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Mason.
Wigan Warriors: Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Lloyd, Taylor, Thornley, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tuson.
What they said...
Castleford Tigers head coach Ian Millward
"Rangi Chase is a world class player who in the last two games would have turned maybe defeat or draw into victory," he told the Castleford and Pontefract Express.
"It was tough for him to miss the games. He has probably been our best trainer and he's so skilful. Against Leeds he was instrumental in two tries and he started the season well.
"I am not being detrimental to anyone, but Rangi would have made a difference and he'll make a difference against Wigan. He will definitely come back into the team."
Wigan Warriors winger Pat Richards
"We've got a good culture here now. One goes out, another comes in and he knows exactly what he needs to do," he told the club's official website.
"We're a bit short of bodies now, it's unfortunate for Lee and the other boys who are out, but it gives these guys an opportunity to get some games under their belt.
"We're going to need them. It's good we've got so many youngsters we can throw in there. It's exciting for the future of the club."
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|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
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