2018 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs Leeds Rhinos Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 27th July, 20:00

Where? The AJ Bell Stadium

What channel is it on? Salford Red Devils vs Leeds Rhinos will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.salfordreddevils.net/tickets/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bennion, Bibby, Burke, Chamberlain, Evalds, Flanagan, Hastings, Jones, Lannon, Lui, McCarthy, Mossop, Murray, Nakubuwai, Nzoungou, Olpherts, Sa’u, Tasi, Wood

Unavailable: Kriss Brinning, Jack Littlejohn, Kris Welham, Greg Johnson, Logan Tomkins, Luke Burgess, Craig Kopczak

  • Salford were comfortably beaten by Catalans in the south of France last week. The Dragons were too good and made Salford pay for some sloppy errors and defence as they ran out 44-10 winners.

  • Jackson Hastings will make his debut for the Red Devils whilst Gavin Bennion is also in the squad after a loan spell at Rochdale. Craig Kopczak and Jake Shorrocks are the two to make way.

  • Salford have lost nine of their last 10 Super League games and will be desperate to try and get a win on the board before their Middle 8s campaign.

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Kevin Sinfield

Squad: Ablett, L. Briscoe, T. Briscoe, Crosby, Dwyer, Garbutt, Golding, Handley, Jones-Buchanan, Keinhorst, Moon, Myler, Parcell, Peteru, Singleton, Sutcliffe, Thompson, Walker, Walters

Unavailable: Kallum Watkins, Anthony Mullally, Brett Delaney, Brett Ferres, Stevie Ward, Adam Cuthbertson, Ryan Hall, Mikolaj Oledzki

  • Kevin Sinfield got his first win in charge of Leeds as his side took Widnes apart. The Rhinos were far too good for the sorry Vikings as they ran in 34 unanswered points against Super League’s bottom side.

  • New signings Dom Crosby and Jordan Thompson go straight into the 19-man squad and are likely to debut. Nathaniel Peteru and Jamie Jones-Buchanan also come into the squad having had a spell on the sidelines through injury. Adam Cuthbertson, Mikolaj Oledzki, Ryan Hall and Stevie Ward are all out with knocks.

  • After nine Super League games without a win, the Rhinos finally got back to winning ways last week. They will be looking to go three matches unbeaten if they avoid defeat here.

THE PREDICTION

Leeds head to Salford having finally got a win on the board following nine games without tasting victory. Salford on the other hand lost their ninth game from their last ten Super League encounters with both teams eager to head into the Middle 8s with a win. Of Salford’s six wins this season, five have come at home and that will likely be the key to them staying up. Should they struggle at home in the Middle 8s, it could be a tough ask to retain their Super League status. Leeds will face tougher tests than Widnes but they might now play with more freedom after the pressure-relieving win last week. They can add to that here as they should have too much for Salford despite the Red Devils’ decent home record.