2018 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs Widnes Vikings Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 14th June, 19:45

Where? The AJ Bell Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

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, Griffin, Johnson, Kopczak, Littlejohn, Lui, McCarthy, Murray, Nakubuwai, Olpherts, Sa’u, Shorrocks, Tasi, Tomkins, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Kriss Brinning, Luke Burgess, Niall Evalds, Mark Flanagan, Josh Jones, Lee Mossop

  • Salford produced a shambolic first half display as they went down to Hull FC last week. The Red Devils found themselves 37-0 down at the break and despite showing some improvement in the second half, they were on the wrong end of a 45-14 hammering.

  • Mark Flanagan, Josh Jones and Lee Mossop all make way from last week’s 19-man squad having picked up knocks. Ed Chamberlain and Greg Burke could make their club debuts against their parent team whilst Gavin Bennion also comes into contention.

  • Salford have won four of their eight home games in Super League this season and will need to improve that run here if they are to keep in touch with the top 8.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Francis Cummins

Squad: Ah Van, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Farnworth, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Hauraki, Heremaia, Houston, Ince, Johnstone, Marsh, Mellor, Norman, Olbison, Runciman, Whitley

Unavailable: Stanton Albert, Krisnan Inu, Keanan Brand, Gil Dudson, Chris Dean, Lloyd White, Wellington Albert, Hep Cahill, Macgraff Leuluai, Brad Walker, Sam Wilde

  • Widnes’ poor run of form continued under new head coach Francis Cummins as the Vikings fell to defeat against Catalans last week. Widnes were just two points behind at the break but could only add a penalty in the second half as the Dragons ran away with the game in a 32-12 win.

  • Youngster Dan Norman comes into the 19-man squad for the first time this season whilst Alex Gerrard and Chris Houston also return. Sam Wilde, Brad Walker and Macgraff Leuluai all make way.

  • The loss for Widnes last week was their ninth straight defeat in Super League whilst it also meant they are still without a win away from home with that their sixth loss on the road this season.

THE PREDICTION

Salford host Widnes in a huge game at the bottom of the Super League table. Salford are on a run of five straight league games without a win whilst Widnes’ run stretches to nine games. With the league split just around the corner, it’s getting to the point of no return for Widnes with Salford’s position not a great deal better. The Red Devils will try and build on last week’s second half against Hull when they showed some form of response to being 37-0 down at the break whilst Widnes were competitive in the first half against Catalans but fell away in the second half. Salford have a 50% win ratio at home this season with Widnes failing to win away from home and whilst this game could go either way, Salford’s home record might help them edge this one.