2018 Super League – Huddersfield Giants vs Wigan Warriors Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 20th September, 19:45

Where? John Smith's 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://giants.tickethour.co.uk/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

Squad: Brough, Clough, English, Gaskell, Hewitt, Hinchcliffe, Kirby, Lawrence, Leeming, Mamo, Matagi, Mellor, O’Brien, Rankin, Roberts, Roche, Russell, I. Senior, Ta’ai

Unavailable: Sebastine Ikahihifo, Aaron Murphy, Dale Ferguson, Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Jordan Turner, Daniel Smith, Jake Wardle

  • Huddersfield’s poor end to the season continued as they were heavily beaten by Castleford last week. The Giants were in the game at half-time as they went in behind by just four points but didn’t manage a single point in the second half as the Tigers ran out 44-12 winners.

  • Daniel Smith, Jordan Turner and Jake Wardle are all out after suffering knocks last week. They are replaced by Alex Mellor and Oliver Russell whilst Jon Luke Kirby could make his debut if selected.

  • After three successive defeats, the Giants have dropped to sixth in the table and things could be about to get worse for them as they host an in-form Wigan side looking to secure second place.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

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

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Liam Farrell, Chris Hankinson, Liam Marshall, Sean O’Loughlin, Willie Isa, Ben Flower

  • Wigan edged closer to confirming a home semi-final as they saw off Warrington last week. In a tense game, Tom Lineham’s yellow card with 12 minutes left proved costly as Wigan ran in three tries to seal a 26-6 win.

  • Ben Flower and Willie Isa are both missing through injury and are replaced by Josh Woods and Joe Greenwood, the latter having served a one-match ban last week.

  • The Warriors need just one win from their final two matches to claim second place. They currently sit three points ahead of Castleford and will fancy their chances of confirming that in this game having won their last six matches.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan can clinch second place with a win here with all eyes likely to be on the Warriors as they continue to build towards the Grand Final. They are hitting form at just the right time and have won their last six matchesand are key contenders to lift the Super League crown. Huddersfield were heavily beaten last week which could possibly have been a reaction to knowing they could not make the semi-finals after defeat at Warrington the previous week. The Giants are suffering with injuries too which will not help their cause against a side with plenty to play for. The Warriors will be too strong here and will extend their winning run to seven matches as they ensure a home semi-final.