Super League: Bradford Bulls v St Helens preview
Last Updated: 10/05/14 6:30pm
Bradford will be hoping to cause an upset against St Helens and make it a hat-trick of wins in all competitions on Sunday at Provident Stadium.
The Bulls finally erased the six-point penalty imposed on them for going into administration with an impressive 34-28 triumph over Warrington last Sunday.
Having also knocked Catalan Dragons out of the Tetley's Challenge Cup the previous week, Francis Cummins' squad are beginning to show some good form to suggest there is still hope after a difficult period.
The hosts are able to welcome back forwards Manase Manuokafoa and Chev Walker, the pair having missed the match with the Wolves due to injury.
Luke George also sat out the last fixture having been withdrawn just prior to kick-off, but is back in Cummins' 19-man squad. James Donaldson remains on the sidelines.
St Helens, meanwhile, look set to welcome back captain Paul Wellens after he did not feature in the 48-18 victory over London Broncos, the club who have replaced Bradford at the foot of the table.
The result against the Broncos put an end to a three-match losing run for Nathan Brown's troops - they will not want to slip up again with Leeds moving three points clear at the top with their win over Castleford on Thursday night.
Luke Walsh believes Saints must work on their defence if they are to push for a place in the Grand Final this year.
"It was a good performance at the weekend against London, we needed to win and get a bit of confidence back into the team which I thought we did," the Australian half-back told the club's official website.
"We were scratchy in the second half and know we have to do better against the top teams.
"I don't think we will have problems scoring points, it's our defence. On London's first good ball defensive set we let a try in and doing that against the good teams will kill us as proved against Leeds and Wigan."
Saints will come up against some familiar faces in the Bradford line-up - former team-mates Jamie Foster and Lee Gaskell are both expected to feature for the home team.
Bradford: Manuokafoa, Henry, Olbison, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Kaufusi, Walker, George, Mellor, Diskin, Pitts, Foster, Arundel, Addy, Gaskell, Sidlow, Wood, O'Brien.
St Helens: Lomax, Makinson, Jones, Swift, Hohaia, Walsh, Masoe, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Flanagan, Wellens, Walmsley, Greenwood, Walker, Dawson, Richards, Thompson.
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