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02 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Widnes Vikings Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 2nd March, 20:00

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? Wigan Warriors vs Widnes Vikings will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.eticketing.co.uk/w...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

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

Unavailable: Dan Sarginson

  • Wigan were lethargic in defeat as they couldn’t overcome Warrington on their return from Australia last week, going down to a 16 points to 10 defeat.
  • Shaun Wane is able to recall outside-back Joe Burgess after recovering from a knock with Craig Mullen making way.
  • Wigan have won four of their last five Super League games on home soil and will be hoping a return to the DW Stadium for the first time this season can see them extend that run.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: W. Albert, Burke, Cahill, Chamberlain, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Inu, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, D. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Patrick Ah Van, Lloyd White, Ryan Ince, Chris Houston, Brad Walker, Stanton Albert, Jay Chapelhow, Chris Dean

  • Widnes continued their fine run against Leeds as they toppled the injury-hit Rhinos in a comfortable 23-6 victory.
  • Denis Betts has made three changes to his 19-man squad with Charly Runciman, Alex Gerrard and Greg Burke all returning. Stanton Albert, Jay Chapelhow and Chris Dean all drop out.
  • Wigan have won four of the last six Super League meetings between the two sides but if this game goes ahead in the expected weather, it could present Widnes with a chance to grind Wigan down and pick up the win.

KEY STATS

  • Wigan Warriors have won 4 of their last 5 home Super League matches
  • Wigan Warriors have won 4 of the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • There has been a total of 175 points scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 29.2 per game
  • There has been a total of 33 tries scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 5.5 per game
  • The winning margin has been no more than 7 points in 4 of the last 5 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • Wigan Warriors' Joe Burgess has scored 4 tries in the last 2 Super League meetings between the two sides

THE PREDICTION

The game between Wigan and Widnes is still on (for now!) as the weather affects not only Super League but sport in general across the country. After passing a pitch inspection yesterday, it was deemed that this game could go ahead but the conditions could make it a real leveller with every point crucial. The winning margin has been no more than seven points in four of the last five Super League meetings between the two sides and that could be the same again here in a low-scoring contest with Wigan just getting the nod.

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