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15 Feb 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Widnes Vikings vs Warrington Wolves Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 16th February 19:35

Where? Select Security 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://ticketing.shopvikings....

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Ashall-Bott, Burke, Cahill, J. Chapelhow, Craven, Dean, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Inu, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, B. Walker, D. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Patrick Ah Van, Wellington Albert, Charly Runciman, Lloyd White, Alex Gerrard, Ryan Ince

  • Widnes pushed last season’s beaten Grand Finalists Castleford Tigers all the way but fell a point short last weekend in a 13-12 defeat.
  • Denis Betts has decided to rest Wellington Albert for this tie with Lloyd White and Charly Runciman ruled out with injuries. Danny Craven, Macgraff Leuluai and Brad Walker take their places in the 19-man squad.
  • Widnes haven’t beaten Warrington in the last nine attempts in any competition but will feel well-placed to end that record in this fixture.

WARRINGTON WOLVES

  • Warrington’s poor start to the season continued as they were beaten by Huddersfield by 20 points to six to leave the Wolves winless from their opening two games.
  • Steve Price has been dealt a huge blow with Tyrone Roberts missing for the second successive game. Harvey Livett has been called up to the 19-man squad with Dom Crosby also returning from injury.
  • Warrington have won four of the last five meetings between the two sides by at least 14 points but face a much-improved Widnes outfit based on their start to the season.

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Atkins, K. Brown, Clark, Cooper, Crosby, Currie, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, Lineham, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Russell, Smith, Westwood

Unavailable: Sitaleki Akauola, Toby King, Tyrone Roberts, Mitch Brown

KEY STATS

  • Warrington Wolves have won the last 9 meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • Warrington Wolves have scored 20 points or more in 8 of the last 9 meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • There has been a total of 233 points scored in the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions at an average of 38.8 per game
  • Warrington Wolves have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two sides in all competitions by a 14 or more point margin
  • Warrington Wolves' Matty Russell has scored 5 tries in his last 5 meetings between the two sides in all competitions

THE PREDICTION

Widnes and Warrington face off in a local derby to bring to an end this shortened Super League weekend. The home side have begun the season in promising fashion with a convincing win against Catalans followed by the narrowest of defeats away at Castleford. Warrington on the other hand have lost both of their games and despite having the upper hand against Widnes in recent meetings, the Vikings can turn the tables here and rack up their first win in 10 encounters against the Wolves.

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