2018 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 20th April, 20:00

Where? The AJ Bell Stadium

What channel is it on? Salford Red Devils vs Wakefield Trinity will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

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

Unavailable: Manu Vatuvei, Lee Mossop, Josh Jones, Derrell Olpherts

  • Salford won their first away game of the season as they picked up an important two points against Huddersfield last week. The Red Devils were always in control of the game but killed it off after Danny Brough’s red card as they won 12-30.
  • Ian Watson has made three changes to his 19-man squad with Derrell Olpherts, Lee Mossop and Josh Jones making way for Jake Shorrocks, Luke Burgess and Tyrone McCarthy.
  • Salford return to home soil as they host Wakefield with the Red Devils winning three of their last four home games.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Baldwinson, England, Finn, Grix, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: David Fifita, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Crowther, James Batchelor, Max Jowitt, Ryan Hampshire, Chris Annakin

  • Wakefield’s produced a stunning 16 minute first half spell to score 22 unanswered points against league leaders St Helens which proved enough to earn Trinity the win. Saints produced a comeback but never got themselves in front as Wakefield hung on 24-20.
  • Chris Chester has recalled Pauli Pauli to his squad after he was dropped last week. The big forward replaces Chris Annakin in the 19.
  • Last week’s win snapped a five-game losing streak for Wakefield. Having come close in several close games in recent weeks, Trinity were able to hold on in another tight game as they won by four points, making it their fourth game in a row that has ended with a winning margin of less than six points.

THE PREDICTION

Wakefield returned to winning ways with a brilliant win over St Helens last week and will be looking to produce another winning run like they started the season with. They now travel to a Salford side that have won three of their last four home games and will be buoyed after winning their first away game of the season last week as they defeated Huddersfield. Wakefield haven’t been far away against some tough opponents in recent weeks and last week’s win will give them plenty of confidence. Salford are yet to win back-to-back games this season and that run is likely to continue here with Wakefield having too much for them.