2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 07th June, 19:45

Where? The Mobile Rocket 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://trinity.mysportstickets.co.uk/events/home/Wigan_Warriors_54

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel, Craig Huby, Liam Finn, Chris Annakin

  • After a couple of disappointing losses to Huddersfield in league and Cup, Wakefield returned to winning ways in their last encounter against Widnes with a 6-19 win.

  • Chris Chester makes just one change to his 19-man squad with Matty Ashurst returning in place of Chris Annakin although James Batchelor is a doubt.

  • Wakefield will be desperate to string a run of results together with their position inside the top 8 still somewhat precarious. Trinity are just four points ahead of 10th-placed Catalans but will be hoping to make up ground on the six points they sit behind 4th-placed Castleford.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Tautai, S. Tomkins, Williams, Woods

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Joel Tomkins, Ryan Sutton

  • It’s been two desperately disappointing results in a row for Wigan as they were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Warrington last week with them being nilled in the process. In their previous Super League game, they were beaten 24-8 against Hull KR.

  • Wigan make two changes to last week’s Challenge Cup squad with Dan Sarginson back in contention after a hamstring problem whilst Gabe Hamlin also receives a call-up. Ryan Sutton is out with a knee injury whilst Joel Tomkins has been stood down for four weeks after his much publicised off-field discretion.

  • The Warriors have lost both games since head coach Shaun Wane announced he was leaving at the end of the current season. Perhaps more alarmingly has been the manner of defeat, with Wigan failing to cross the whitewash for 153 minutes since their seventh-minute try against Hull KR in their last league outing.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan teams under Shaun Wane generally don’t underperform for two games on the spin with a reaction to a poor performance generally seen the following week. However, that wasn’t the case last week when they were arguably even worse than how poor they were against Hull KR with the Warriors failing to score a single point in their Challenge Cup exit to Warrington. That reaction may come this week against Wakefield but there would have to be a huge turnaround for the Warriors to improve upon their last two efforts. Trinity will come into this game the fresher of the two having had the week off and will fancy their chances of causing an upset here. Until Wigan begin to show that the last two weeks were just a blip, it might be worth siding against them with Wakefield the tip here.