2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 4th May, 20:00

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.eticketing.co.uk/w...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Field, Ganson, Gildart, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, Williams

Unavailable: Liam Farrell, Joe Burgess

  • Wigan produced a brilliant second half display to defeat Widnes last week. Trailing 18-4 at the break, the Warriors scored three tries in a five-minute spell to get themselves back in the game before eventually seeing off the Vikings 24-32.
  • Shaun Wane has recalled several first-team players after they missed out last week. Sam Tomkins and Ben Flower both return whilst Joel Tomkins is also named after replacing John Bateman late on last week. Callum Field and Josh Ganson make way whilst Joe Burgess will miss the rest of the season after picking up an ACL injury last week.
  • Wigan have won their last five matches now and have lost only one of their last nine. The Warriors have also won all five of their matches at the DW Stadium this season.

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bennion, Bibby, Burgess, Hauraki, Johnson, Kopczak, Lannon, Littlejohn, McCarthy, Murray, Nakubuwai, Nzoungou, Olpherts, Sa’u, Shorrocks, Tasi, Tomkins, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Manu Vatuvei, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Rob Lui, Kriss Brinning, Mark Flanagan, Niall Evalds, Lee Mossop

  • Salford were embarrassed at home to St Helens last week. The Red Devils conceded 60 points despite playing against 12-men for the entire second half after Matty Lees was sent off late in the first half. Salford only managed two tries of their own as they went down 10-60
  • Ian Watson has made several changes to his 19-man squad with Lee Mossop, Niall Evalds, George Griffin and Mark Flanagan all making way. Levy Nzoungou and Gavin Bennion could both make their competitive debuts for the club having been picked in the 19 whilst captain Weller Hauraki and Derrell Olpherts also return.
  • Salford were expected to lose to the league leaders last week but not in the manner they did. That game represented a chance for the Red Devils to make it three wins on the spin but their inability to string consistent performances together continues.

THE PREDICTION

After coming off a huge loss at home to St Helens, one of the last places you want to visit is the DW Stadium to face an in-form Wigan side that haven’t lost at home all season but that is the task that Salford must face here. The Red Devils were embarrassed last week and will be looking for an instant response but that might be hard to come by in terms of getting a result. Wigan’s under-strength side claimed a win on the road at Widnes last week with the Warriors extending their record to eight wins from nine matches. That win can be extended here with Salford looking down the barrel of another big scoreline.