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14 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 14th September, 19:45

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Action

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/wiganwarriors/default.aspx

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Flower, Gildart, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Manfredi, Navarrete, Paisley, Partington, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Liam Farrell, Chris Hankinson, Liam Marshall, Joe Greenwood, Sean O’Loughlin

  • Wigan’s fine run of form continued as they won their fifth game in a row with a comfortable win over Wakefield last week. The Warriors had too much for their counterparts as they ran out 25-10 winners.

  • Shaun Wane makes two changes to his squad with Sean O’Loughlin out with a calf injury whilst Joe Greenwood is suspended. Taulima Tautai returns from his ban whilst Liam Paisley also comes into the squad.

  • Wigan look set to take second place and secure a home semi-final which would go a long way to helping them to the Grand Final. The Warriors have lost just once on home soil all season.

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Atkins, Charnley, Clark, Goodwin, Hughes, Johnson, G. King, T. King, Lineham, Livett, Moran, Patton, Philbin, Pomeroy, Ratchford, Smith, Thompson, Westwood

Unavailable: Ben Currie, Mitch Brown, Sitaleki Akauola, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Mike Cooper, Chris Hill, Tyrone Roberts

  • Warrington sealed their spot in the semi-finals as they narrowly saw off the challenge of Huddersfield last week, the only remaining side that could have overhauled them in the table. Wire did just enough as they held on 26-24.

  • The Wolves are missing some key players with their first-choice props missing. Mike Cooper and Chris Hill are both out whilst Tyrone Roberts is also out although Ben Westwood returns to the squad. Pat Moran and Luis Johnson are the other new names in the squad.

  • Warrington are unlikely to challenge second-placed Wigan in the table meaning they will have an away semi-final and a win here would be a confidence-booster against a team they could potentially come up against.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan can edge closer to securing second place with a win here over Warrington and crucially, a home semi-final. The Warriors have only lost once on home soil this season with the benefit of claiming that second spot evident. Warrington will travel without their starting props which could prove to be problematic. Wigan will look to exploit that and they could get on top of their opponents. Both enjoyed wins last week and will be keen to head into their respective semi-finals in a few weeks on form with Wigan looking to extend their winning run to six games and they can do just that here whilst also maintaining their superb home record.

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