2018 Super League – Widnes Vikings vs St Helens Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Monday 02nd April, 15:05

Where? The Select Security 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://ticketing.shopvikings....

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Albert, Burke, Chamberlain, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Dean, Gerrard, Gilmore, Heremaia, Ince, Johnstone, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, B. Walker, D. Walker, Wilde

Unavailable: Patrick Ah Van, Lloyd White, Stanton Albert, Jay Chapelhow, Hep Cahill, Matt Whitley, Gil Dudson, Rhys Hanbury, Chris Houston, Krisnan Inu

  • Widnes’ terrible run against Warrington continued as they once again fell to their local rivals in their Good Friday clash. Despite leading at the break, Widnes couldn’t kick on and went down 32-18.
  • Denis Betts has made four changes to the squad he selected for Friday’s game with Krisnan Inu, Gil Dudson, Chris Houston and Rhys Hanbury rested. Alex Gerrard, Danny Walker, Wellington Albert and Danny Craven are named in their place.
  • Widnes have scored the last try in 88% of their games this season with them achieving that feat in all three of the games that they have won.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

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

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Adam Swift

  • St Helens extended their lead at the top of the table with a narrow win over local rivals Wigan in their Good Friday derby. Saints left it late having gone behind in the second half but eventually came out 21-18 winners.
  • Head coach Justin Holbrook has named the same 19-man squad that overcame Wigan although there may be a couple of changes to the 17 that take the field with Matty Smith waiting in the wings for his first appearance of the season.
  • St Helens have lost just one game this season and boast the best attack as well as best defence. They have scored 228 points at an average of 28.5 points per game whilst conceding just 96 which is an average of 12 points per game.

THE PREDICTION

Widnes couldn’t get the better of local rivals Warrington on Good Friday as the Wolves continued their dominance against the Vikings whilst St Helens extended their lead at the top of the table with a win over second-placed Wigan. Saints have been the standout team so far this season and will look to continue their impressive form when they face Widnes in what could be a long afternoon for the Vikings. They have a lot of players missing and with Saints in the form that they are, their defence will be severely tested with St Helens set for a comfortable win.