2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs St Helens Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 19th July, 19:45

Where? The DW 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.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/EDP/Event/Index/1897

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Flower, Hankinson, Greenwood, Hamlin, Isa, Kibula, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarette, O’Loughlin, Paisley, Powell, Sarginson, Tautai, Tomkins, Woods

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Ryan Sutton, George Williams, Liam Farrell, Sean O’Loughlin, Oliver Gildart

  • Wigan suffered a surprising loss at Huddersfield last week. The Warriors were missing a host of players but will have been disappointed to not claim the points which leaves them eight points behind league leaders St Helens after the 20-12 defeat.

  • Wigan’s injury issues forced them to make a move in the transfer market this week as they picked up Swinton centre Chris Hankinson. He could make his debut with Oliver Gildart unavailable. Sean O’Loughlin is still out along with several other key players.

  • The Cherry and Whites maintained their perfect home record this season with the win over Warrington in their last encounter on home soil with that victory the Warriors’ eighth straight win at the DW Stadium in 2018.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

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

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Zeb Taia

  • St Helens turned on the style when it mattered as they overpowered a game Hull side in the second half. Saints found themselves behind with 25 minutes to go but scored five tries in that period to defeat the Black and Whites 18-34.

  • Zeb Taia is unavailable after picking up a compound dislocation of a thumb in last week’s game. He is replaced in the 19 by Jack Ashworth.

  • The win over Hull was St Helens’ tenth straight Super League victory which also ensured Saints would finish the regular season at the top of the pile.

THE PREDICTION

This could be Shaun Wane’s last home derby against St Helens with the Wigan boss keen to go out with a bang against the Warriors’ nearest rivals. However, their task will be a huge one with some key players out injured coupled with Saints’ 12-game winning run in all competitions. St Helens’ win over Hull last week showed how dangerous they can be with them upping the tempo to seal the win in the second half having gone behind. Wigan on the other hand struggled against Huddersfield and their injury situation hasn’t really improved much. The home side’s perfect home record this season looks under real threat and whilst they might be galvanised because of the lack of troops, St Helens will have too much for them.