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19 Apr 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 20th April, 19:45

Where? The DW 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://www.eticketing.co.uk/w...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

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

Unavailable: Tom Davies, Gabe Hamlin

  • Wigan left it late as they defeated Leeds at Headingley last week. The Warriors were 8-0 down with eight minutes left but Sam Tomkins’ drop goal with three minutes left secured the points for Wigan as they closed the gap on league leaders St Helens to two points.
  • Ben Flower returns for the Warriors after missing out with a head knock last week. He takes the place of Gabe Hamlin.
  • Wigan have lost just two games this season with both of those coming away from home. They have won all four of their home games at the DW this season and will be looking to extend that run here.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clare, Cook, Ellis, Foster, Gale, Holmes, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Springer, Trueman, Wardle, Watts, Webster

Unavailable: Jesse Sene-Lefao, James Green, Greg Eden, Junior Moors

  • Castleford were far too good for a sorry Catalans outfit as they nilled their opponents. The Tigers were on top from the start and ended up scoring 41 unanswered points in a huge win.
  • Daryl Powell doesn’t have any bodies back this week so has named the same 19-man squad that defeated the Dragons last weekend.
  • Castleford haven’t lost away from home since the opening weekend of the season when they went down to St Helens in February. Since then, the Tigers have won all three of their away games but face a tough test to extend that record at the DW.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan host Castleford in what has the potential to be the game of the weekend. Wigan will feel they got away with one after overcoming a poor performance which they remained scoreless for 72 minutes before defeating Leeds last week whilst Castleford destroyed Catalans 41-0. Wigan will be looking for a quick start this week after only scoring the first try of the game in 30% of their games with Castleford managing this in 67% of their games. However, Wigan have kept themselves alive in games this year with last week a prime example and have scored the last try of the game in 80% of their matches, compared to Castleford managing this 22% of the time. This could go either way but Wigan should edge it on home soil.

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