2018 Super League – St Helens vs Wigan Warriors Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 31st August, 19:45

Where? Totally Wicked 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.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

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

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Dom Peyroux

  • After back-to-back defeats for the first time this season in all competitions, St Helens bounced back to winning ways with a solid win over Wakefield last time out. The league leaders had too much for Trinity and ran out 16-36 winners.

  • Justin Holbrook is able to call upon Luke Thompson and Ryan Morgan having served a suspension and overcome injury respectively. Aaron and Matty Smith are the two who make way.

  • Saints have lost just two games on home soil all season with Huddersfield defeating them in their previous home match. That defeat was just first loss in nine home matches and St Helens will be looking to make it nine wins from 10 here.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Flower, Gildart, Greenwood, Hamlin, Isa, Kibula, Leuluai, Navarrete, Partington, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Liam Farrell, Chris Hankinson, Taulima Tautai, Liam Marshall

  • Wigan took full advantage of Catalans’ Challenge Cup distraction as they comfortably defeated the French outfit in their last game. The Warriors ran in six tries and conceded just one as they came away from the South of France with a 6-35 win.

  • Top scorer Liam Marshall suffered a season-ending knee injury against Catalans whilst Craig Mullen also drops out. Skipper Sean O’Loughlin is back from injury, as is Oliver Gildart.

  • Wigan have a three point gap over third-placed Castleford and will be looking to try and increase that this weekend. It will be a tough ask against St Helens who have beaten them on both occasions so far this season.

THE PREDICTION

Sam Tomkins has stoked the fire ahead of this derby match with him playing down the importance of the League Leaders’ Shield. That is something that St Helens can claim with a win here over their bitter rivals and despite Tomkins’ comments, his side will be eager to prevent Saints from winning it against them. Whilst there’s little doubt St Helens will collect that accolade this season, Wigan have other reasons for wanting to pick up the win here. They sit three points ahead of third-placed Castleford and will be looking for a fourth straight win to ensure that gap at least remains intact by the end of the weekend. This is a tough one to call but it’s difficult to ignore St Helens’ home form this season and they will claim the League Leaders’ Shield with a third win over Wigan this season.