2018 Super League – St Helens vs Warrington Wolves Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 4th October, 19:45

Where? Totally Wicked Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event/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.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

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

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley

  • St Helens ended their league campaign with an impressive victory over Castleford last week. Saints kept their opponents pointless as they ran in 26 points of their own to end the season with a record total of 52 points at the summit.

  • Jon Wilkin, Jonny Lomax and Luke Thompson all return to the St Helens squad after they were rested last week. Jake Spedding, James Bentley and Matty Costello make way.

  • Saints will be a tough opponent for anyone they come up against in the end-of-season play-offs. After 30 rounds of Super League, they boasted the best attack with an average of 29.8 points per game whilst they also had the sternest defence, conceding just 13.6 points per game.

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Atkins, K. Brown, Charnley, Clark, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, T. King, Lineham, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Thompson, Westwood

Unavailable: Ben Currie, Mitch Brown

  • Warrington secured a confidence-boosting win at Wakefield last week as they avoided heading into this semi-final on the back of three straight losses. The Wolves weren’t at full strength but still managed to come away with a 23-36 victory.

  • Halves pairing Kevin Brown and Tyrone Roberts return to the 19-man squad having missed out through injury last week along with Tom Lineham who has served his ban. Luis Johnson, Morgan Smith and Sitaleki Akauola are left out.

  • Warrington have lost all three contests against St Helens this season, highlighting the magnitude of the test they face here. They’ve been defeated by an aggregate score of 38-78 and have failed to score more than 14 points in any of the three games.

THE PREDICTION

St Helens host Warrington in the first Super League play-off with league leaders Saints heading into the game on the back of four successive wins. They have started to produce some much better displays after a slight dip in form and once again look to be the team to beat. Warrington avoided a third straight loss with a win over Wakefield last week but will need a big turnaround in form to secure the win here having lost to St Helens on all three occasions that they have collided this season, including a 14-34 loss on home soil two weeks’ ago. Since the start of the 2015 season, St Helens have beaten Warrington in nine of their 13 contests during that period and that record should be improved here as Saints progress to the Grand Final.