2018 Super League – St Helens vs Salford Red Devils Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 4th March, 16:00

Where? Totally Wicked Stadium

What channel is it on? St Helens vs Salford Red Devils will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? http://saints.retailsportssyst...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Barba, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Roby, Smith, Swift, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley, Wilkin

Unavailable: Morgan Knowles

  • St Helens continued their perfect start to the season with a hard-fought win away at Huddersfield Giants last week, coming away with a 12-26 victory.
  • Head coach Justin Holbrook makes just one change from last week’s win with fit-again centre Ryan Morgan replacing youngster Matty Lees.
  • Saints return to home soil where they have won nine of their last 11 Super League matches as well as the last eight home Super League fixtures against Salford.

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bibby, Burgess, Evalds, Flanagan, Hauraki, Johnson, Jones, Kopczak, Littlejohn, Lui, McCarthy, Mossop, Nakubuwai, O’Brien, Sa’u, Tasi, Tomkins, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Ryan Lannon, Manu Vatuvei, George Griffin, Derrell Olpherts

  • Having lost 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions, Salford tasted victory for the first time this season to make it two wins in 14 with a win over Hull KR last weekend.
  • Head coach Ian Watson has named the same 19-man squad as a result of that win with the same 17 expected to take the field unless a late injury occurs.
  • Salford have lost their last seven away Super League matches and now face a St Helens side that they have failed to beat away from home in eight attempts.

KEY STATS

  • St Helens have won 9 of their last 11 home Super League matches
  • Salford Red Devils have lost their last 7 away Super League matches
  • St Helens have won the last 8 home Super League meetings between the two sides
  • There has been a total of 271 points scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 45.2 per game
  • There has been a total of 47 tries scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 7.8 per game
  • Salford Red Devils' Niall Evalds has scored 10 tries in his last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • St Helens have scored 31 points or more in 6 of the last 8 home Super League meetings between the two sides

THE PREDICTION

The early Super League pacesetters St Helens return to home soil in this rearranged fixture after it succumbed to the weather on Friday night. The game still remains in doubt and will be subject to a Sunday morning pitch inspection. Should the fixture go ahead, all of the signs point to a St Helens win despite Salford’s victory last week. The Red Devils don’t travel well and have had real troubles against St Helens in recent seasons whilst Saints have a solid home record.