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Preview: Wakefield v Castleford (R28)
It is a case of winner takes all as Wakefield and Catsleford meet for the right to stay in Super League on survival Saturday.
Wakefield will be without centre Ryan Atkins, who has an ankle injury sustained in the win at Bradford. Jason Demetriou is set to switch from the wing while forwards Olivier Elima and Jamie Field join the 18-man squad.
Castleford are set to be unchanged for the third week in a row, with prop Craig Huby likely to be 18th man.
The last time the two teams met, six weeks ago, Wakefield won a fiery encounter 18-0 despite finishing the game with 11 men.
And with so much at stake neither side is likely to take any prisoners on Saturday night.
"It's going to be all guns blazing from the first kick-off," said Wakefield's long-serving hooker David March.
"It's going to be bad news for one club but we've just got to look at our situation.
"We've got to win so we'll do everything we can and, if that means sending Castleford down, which it does, then so be it."
Castleford go into the match knowing a point would be enough for them to avoid a quick return to National League One.
The last time they were relegated from Super League was in 2004, ironically after they lost 32-28 at home against Wakefield.
Castleford coach Terry Matterson has dubbed tonight's game "the derby to end all derbies" and he admits there is a danger of the game boiling over.
"It could do," said Matterson. "There will be a lot of pressure on the man in the middle.
"I was pleased with our discipline last week, it's an area we've worked on. We can't worry about the referee."
Wakefield go into the game having won three games out of their last five while Cas have lost five of their last six. They head into Saturday's game as favourites, although Kear insists his players are taking nothing for granted.
"Even when the pundits said it was a lost cause we just kept our heads down and kept working," he said to Sky Sports.
"Now they are saying we are favourites, but it isn't affecting us whatsover.
"Once again we will be keeping our heads down and working for it. That's how we will approach the day and the game."
Both Wakefield and Castleford have said that they will retain a full-time squad if they are relegated.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Castleford Tigers, Saturday 16th September, kick-off 18:00
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 18-man squad: Halpenny, Demetriou, Tadulala, Jeffries, Obst, March, Korkidas, Solomona, Betham, Rooney, MacGillivray, Elima, Henderson, J Field, Catic, Watene, Latu, Evans.
Castleford Tigers 18-man squad: Platt, Shenton, Dyer, Sculthorpe, Henderson, Nutley, Bird, Huby, R Fletcher, Viane, Fa'aoso, Manu, McGoldrick, Ward, Davis, Lupton, A Fletcher, Brough.
Referee: R Silverwood
Sources: www.bbc.co.uk, www.skysports.com, www.superleague.co.uk