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25 May 2018 by Ash

2018 Super League – Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 25th May, 20:00

Where? The Select Security Stadium

What channel is it on? Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Trinity will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://ticketing.shopvikings.co.uk/frontend/web/index.php?r=match/index

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Ah Van, W. Albert, Burke, Cahill, Chamberlain, J. Chapelhow, Craven, Farnworth, Gilmore, Heremaia, Johnstone, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, D. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Stanton Albert, Krisnan Inu, Brad Walker, Keanan Brand, Gil Dudson, Chris Dean, Chris Houston, Ted Chapelhow, Lloyd White, Rhys Hanbury, Alex Gerrard

  • Widnes gave St Helens a couple of scares but ultimately weren’t good enough to topple the league leaders at Magic Weekend last week. The Vikings were only four points behind at half-time but were kept scoreless in the second half as they lost 18-38.

  • Denis Betts is without Rhys Hanbury and Alex Gerrard whilst Jimmy Keinhorst has been recalled by Leeds. Ed Chamberlain, Jay Chapelhow and Owen Farnworth come into the 19-man squad.

  • Widnes have lost their last seven Super League encounters but all three of their wins this season have come at home.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel, Jordan Baldwinson, Craig Huby, Liam Finn, Matty Ashurst

  • Wakefield lost to Huddersfield for the second time in two weeks as their Challenge Cup defeat was backed up by a loss in Super League at Magic Weekend. The Giants proved too good as they held on for a narrow win, condemning Trinity to a 22-25 defeat.

  • Chris Chester has made two changes to his 19-man squad with Liam Finn and Matty Ashurst dropping out in place of Chris Annakin and Max Jowitt.

  • Wakefield have won just two of their last 10 Super League games and they now sit just three points ahead of ninth-placed Huddersfield.

THE PREDICTION

With wins on the road not easy to come by for Widnes, winning their home games becomes crucial if they are to avoid the Middle 8s. Hosting a Wakefield side who are in a poor run of form represents a big chance to make up some ground on the top 8 but a loss could be disastrous for the Vikings. Wakefield too need the win with their place in the top 8 looking precarious. Their loss to Huddersfield last week allowed the Giants to close the gap on Trinity to just three points. Both teams are struggling at the moment but Widnes can just edge this on their infamous iPitch.

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