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21 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs St Helens Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 22nd September, 15:15

Where? The Halliwell Jones Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://shop.warringtonwolves.com/match-tickets.aspx

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Atkins, K. Brown, Charnley, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Johnson, G. King, T. King, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Pomeroy, Ratchford, Roberts, Smith, Thompson, Westwood

Unavailable: Ben Currie, Mitch Brown, Sitaleki Akauola, Tom Lineham, Daryl Clark, Jack Hughes

  • Warrington went down to Wigan last week in a result that all but means the Wolves will end the season in fourth place. Tom Lineham’s late sin binning helped Wigan to pull away after what had been a close contest for 65 minutes with the Wolves eventually going down 26-6.

  • Steve Price welcomes back Mike Cooper from suspension whilst Tyrone Roberts, Kevin Brown, Chris Hill and Ben Murdoch-Masila are also back. Tom Lineham picked up a ban last week so he is absent along with regulars Daryl Clark and Jack Hughes.

  • Warrington have lost three of their last six matches as their form heading into a semi-final looks shaky. They now face a potential dress rehearsal against the team they look likely to face in two weeks’ times.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Barba, Bentley, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Taia, Thompson, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, James Roby

  • St Helens claimed the League Leaders’ Shield with a comfortable win over Hull FC last week. After a close first half, Saints kept their opponents scoreless in the second period as they ran out 38-12 winners.

  • Saints are almost back at full strength with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ryan Morgan and Dom Peyroux all back in contention. They come into the 19-man for Matty Costello, Jack Welsby and Aaron Smith.

  • St Helens have defeated Warrington twice so far this season and will be looking for a third win here as they look to win their penultimate game of the season ahead of a potential semi-final against the same team.

THE PREDICTION

St Helens finally secured the League Leaders’ Shield last week but won’t have been celebrating too much with the bigger prize of the Grand Final still to play for. Saints will host either their opponents in this game, Warrington, or Castleford in the semi-final. If it is to be Warrington, they could head into the game with no wins from three matches against Saints if they go down again here. Wire welcome back some key players who were missing last week but are without another key man in Daryl Clark this week. With Saints getting some players back themselves whilst also adding a third win in four games last week, they can continue to build towards their semi-final with another win.

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