2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 19th May, 17:15

Where? St James’ Park

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

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Williams, Woods

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Sean O’Loughlin

  • Wigan’s fine form continued as they defeated Hull KR in the Challenge Cup last week to back up their 30-0 win over Salford in their last Super League encounter.

  • The Warriors have suffered a blow with the news that influential skipper Sean O’Loughlin is out with a calf problem but George Williams returns after he sat out last week’s win.

  • Wigan last tasted defeat on Good Friday when they went down to local rivals St Helens but have since won seven games on the trot in all competitions.

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Akauola, Atkins, K. Brown, M. Brown, Charnley, Clark, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, Lineham, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Westwood

Unavailable: Toby King, Dom Crosby, Ben Currie

  • Warrington won an ill-tempered game against Toronto in the Challenge Cup last week after producing a brilliant display in their last league game against Leeds. The Wolves played some brilliant stuff as they defeated the Rhinos 22-33.

  • Steve Price has named an unchanged 19-man squad once again with just a handful of players unavailable for selection.

  • Warrington have now won 10 games in a row in all competitions as they continue to place pressure on St Helens and Wigan.

THE PREDICTION

The two form teams of Super League meet in a mouth-watering clash in the second match at Magic Weekend. Both teams lasted tasted defeat in March but something has to give in this game with it having the potential to be the game of the weekend. Wigan have the better record in terms of points this season, scoring more per game as well as conceding fewer per game too but Warrington’s figures would look a lot more impressive had they not made a slow start to the season. The loss of Sean O’Loughlin could be crucial and with the teams both so closely matched on current form, Warrington will fancy themselves to edge a close contest.