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22 Feb 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs Wigan Warriors Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 23rd February, 19:45

Where? The Halliwell Jones Stadium

What channel is it on? 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....

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Akauola, Atkins, K. Brown, M. Brown, Clark, Cooper, Crosby, Currie, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, Lineham, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Smith, Westwood

Unavailable: Toby King, George King, Harvey Livett, Matty Russell

  • Warrington won their first game under new head coach Steve Price with an 10-18 victory over local rivals Widnes last week.
  • Price has also been boosted by some positive news on the injury front this week with Sitaleki Akauola named in the squad for the first time whilst Tyrone Roberts also returns having missed the last two games.
  • Warrington haven’t had the best of times against Wigan in recent times, especially on home soil. The Wolves have lost four of their last five contests against the Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wayne

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Mullen, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Dan Sarginson

  • Wigan return to the UK after their mini-tour of Australia. The Warriors defeated Hull FC in the first Super League game to be played outside of Europe but lost against their NRL opponents with South Sydney Rabbitohs doing enough to edge that contest.
  • Head coach Shaun Wane must do without the services of outside backs Joe Burgess and Dan Sarginson but Craig Mullen and Romain Navarrete are named in the 19-man squad after impressing against the Rabbitohs last week.
  • Wigan have won six of their last eight Super League matches but must overcome their large amount of travelling to extend that run.

KEY STATS

  • Warrington Wolves have lost 4 of the last 5 home meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • Wigan Warriors have won 6 of their last 8 Super League matches
  • Wigan Warriors' Liam Marshall has scored 8 tries in his last 4 meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • There has been a total of 262 points scored in the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions at an average of 43.7 per game
  • There has been a total of 45 tries scored in the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions at an average of 7.5 per game

THE PREDICTION

Round 4 of Super League gets underway with this televised contest between two sides hoping to be competing for trophies come the end of the season. Warrington have endured a shaky start but got their first win last week whilst Wigan have won both of their games so far. The Warriors’ trip to Australia will be difficult to overcome but they can make it three wins from three here.

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