2018 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs St Helens Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 26th April, 19:45

Where? The AJ Bell 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.salfordreddevils.n...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bibby, Burgess, Evalds, Flanagan, Griffin, Johnson, Kopczak, Lannon, Littlejohn, McCarthy, Mossop, Murray, Nakubuwai, Sa’u, Shorrocks, Tasi, Tomkins, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Manu Vatuvei, Josh Jones, Derrell Olpherts, Rob Lui, Weller Hauraki

  • Salford cemented their place in the top 8 with an impressive win over Wakefield last week. The Red Devils were only 8-0 up at half-time but a superb second half display saw them run out 38-4 winners, leapfrogging their opponents in the league table on points difference.
  • Lee Mossop returns to the side for Ian Watson’s men after missing out with concussion last week. He replaces Rob Lui in the 19-man squad after he picked up a calf injury last week.
  • Salford’s win last week was the first time they have won back-to-back games this season. It was also the Red Devils’ fourth win on home soil this year with them losing just the two games to high-flying Wigan and Warrington.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Barba, Costello, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lomax, Lees, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Adam Swift, James Roby

  • St Helens were in devastating form as they hammered Huddersfield last week, posting the highest win of the Super League season in the process. The Giants had no answer as Saints were at their attacking best, claiming a huge 66-4 win.
  • Zeb Taia and Mark Percival return from injury and suspension respectively in place of Jack Ashworth and James Bentley whilst there is still no return for captain James Roby who continues to suffer from a rib cartilage problem.
  • The 66 points scored by St Helens last week only served to highlight their attacking prowess and they have now scored an average of 30.7 points per game. Their defence also remains impressive, conceding just 11.8 points per game.

THE PREDICTION

Salford host St Helens in Thursday night’s contest with the Red Devils looking to win their third game in a row after a brilliant performance against Wakefield last week. Saints produced a magnificent display too as they racked up 66 points against Huddersfield. This will be a much tougher test for both teams but it’s difficult to look past league leaders Saints who can also boast adding Zeb Taia and Mark Percival back into their side.