Squad: Ah Van, Burke, Cahill, Chamberlain, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Farnworth, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Ince, Johnstone, Keinhorst, Leuluai, Olbison, White, Whitley, Wilde
Unavailable: Stanton Albert, Krisnan Inu, Brad Walker, Wellington Albert, Keanan Brand, Gil Dudson, Stefan Marsh, Chris Dean, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Joe Mellor, Charly Runciman, Danny Walker
Widnes put their Super League form behind them as they put League 1 side Coventry to the sword in the Challenge Cup last week. The Vikings were rampant as they ran in 17 tries in a 90-0 thumping.
Denis Betts makes six changes from his previous Super League 19-man squad. Patrick Ah Van, Hep Cahill, Danny Craven, Alex Gerrard and Lloyd White return whilst Jimmy Keinhorst should make his debut having joined on loan from Leeds. Chris Dean, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Joe Mellor, Charly Runciman and Danny Walker all drop out.
Having lost their last four contests in Super League, the Challenge Cup provided some nice respite for the Vikings. Despite taking an early second half lead against Hull in their last league game, Widnes ended up losing 20-39 and sit just two points off bottom spot.
Head Coach: Shaun Wane
Squad: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Field, Ganson, Gildart, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, Williams
Unavailable: Ben Flower, Liam Farrell, Sam Tomkins, Joel Tomkins
Wigan were too good for Castleford last week as the Warriors won their fourth successive game. Wigan never really looked like relinquishing the lead having gone ahead in the 18th minute and despite the Tigers getting close, Wigan came out 28-12 winners.
Shaun Wane has made four changes to last week’s squad with Ben Flower, Liam Farrell, Sam Tomkins and Joel Tomkins all making way as Wigan look to keep their squad fresh. Tom Davies returns from injury whilst Gabe Hamlin, Callum Field and Josh Ganson receive call-ups.
Wigan head into this game as the second highest scorers in the league (315) as well as possessing the second best defence in terms of points conceded (152) with only table-toppers St Helens beating those records.
Widnes have given a decent account of themselves in contests against Wigan over the last six years but this could be a one-sided game if current form is anything to go by. Wigan have won their last four Super League games whilst Widnes have lost their last four. To add to Widnes’ woes, they are still lacking consistency in their squad selection with numerous players again unavailable although the return of Hep Cahill should give the Vikings a boost. However, Wigan should have too much here and will look to keep the pressure up on St Helens at the top of the Super League table.