2019 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs St Helens Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Salford Red Devils vs St Helens taking place? Thursday 28th February, 19:45

Where is Salford Red Devils vs St Helens taking place? The AJ Bell Stadium

What channel is Salford Red Devils vs St Helens on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Salford Red Devils vs St Helens?

Salford Red Devils – https://www.eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils/Events/Index

St Helens – https://www.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

THE TEAM NEWS

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bibby, Burke, Dudson, Evalds, Flanagan, Griffin, Hastings, Jones, Lussick, Lui, McCarthy, Murray, Nakubuwai, Olpherts, Sa’u, Sio, Tomkins, Turgut, Welham

Unavailable: Ed Chamberlain, Josh Wood, Lee Mossop

  • Salford Red Devils bounced back from their heavy defeat against Leeds with a brilliant second-half comeback against Hull KR in which they overturned a 14-point half-time deficit to claim a superb win.

  • Tyrone McCarthy and Daniel Murray both made their first appearance of the season for Salford and will be hoping to retain their spots with competition for places in the Red Devils’ squad a good dilemma for them to have.

  • Ian Watson makes just the solitary change to his 19-man squad with Lee Mossop out but he is boosted by the return of Mark Flanagan who should come straight back into the match day 17.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Bentley, Coote, Costello, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Paulo, Percival, Peyroux, Roby, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley

Unavailable: Kevin Naiqama

  • St Helens maintained their 100% start to the season with a gutsy win at home to Leeds last week having gone in behind by 12 points at the break but Saints showed their class with a composed second half display to keep the Rhinos scoreless to come out 27-22 winners.

  • Front row duo Luke Thompson and Alex Walmsley were sensational for Saints last week and the catalyst behind their success thanks to three tries between them with that just one of the impressive stats they posted.

  • Justin Holbrook makes two changes from the 19-man squad that he named last week with Kevin Naiqama out with the knock that forced him off in the Leeds game whilst Danny Richardson has gone on loan to Leigh so Jack Ashworth and Matty Costello get their chance.

THE PREDICTION

Salford showed a great attitude to overturn a 14-point half-time deficit against Hull KR but face a tough ask to go back-to-back against St Helens. Saints made it three wins from three with a hard-fought win over Leeds but this could prove to be a tricky contest for them as they look to maintain their 100% record. Both teams kept their opponents scoreless in the second half of their respective games last week and that defensive effort will need to be on show again but Saints should have the edge and they can make it four on the spin.