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06 Jul 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – St Helens vs Widnes Vikings Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 06th July, 20:00

Where? Totally Wicked Stadium

What channel is it on? St Helens vs Widnes Vikings will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? http://saints.retailsportssystems.com/matchtickets.html

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Barba, Costello, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Roby, Swift, Taia, Thompson, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Ryan Morgan

  • St Helens showed some good character as they were pushed all the way by Wakefield last week. Saints were leading 20-6 at half-time but found themselves behind in the second half after Trinity fought back before the league leaders managed to cling on for a 34-30 win.

  • Justin Holbrook makes three changes to last week’s 19-man squad with Kyle Amor, Matty Costello and Adam Swift coming into the side for Ryan Morgan, Matty Smith and Jack Ashworth.

  • Saints have won eight Super League games in a row and haven’t lost at home since March as their charge towards the League Leaders’ Shield continues.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Francis Cummins

Squad: Buckley, J. Chapelhow, Craven, Dudson, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Hauraki, Heremaia, Houston, Inu, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, D. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Keanan Brand, Chris Dean, Lloyd White, Wellington Albert, Hep Cahill, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone

  • Widnes produced a much improved display as they pushed Hull FC all the way last week. The Vikings overturned a 16 point deficit to lead the game but couldn’t hold on as they were just edged out 31-24.

  • Ted Chapelhow and Patrick Ah Van have been left out of the 19 by Francis Cummins with Chris Houston and Stefan Marsh both available for the Vikings after suspension and injury respectively.

  • Widnes’ losing run was extended to 12 Super League matches with last week’s loss with them also losing their ninth away match from nine games.

THE PREDICTION

This could get messy for Widnes as the bottom-placed Vikings travel to league leaders St Helens. The Vikings have lost 12 straight Super League matches which has seen them consigned to the Middle 8s whilst Saints have won eight in a row. Widnes are also yet to win away from home this season. All the signs point to a home win with Saints losing just once at home all season which came back in March. Although Widnes showed some signs of improvement last week, this game will be too much for them and their losing run will continue.

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