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

THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils taking place? Friday 17th May, 19:45

Where is St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils taking place? Totally Wicked Stadium

What channel is St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils 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 St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils?

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Bentley, Coote, Costello, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, Naiqama, Paulo, Peyroux, Smith, Swift, Taia, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Mark Percival, Luke Thompson, James Roby

  • St. Helens progressed to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup as they defeated Huddersfield in a closely-fought game last week with Saints now turning their attention to maintaining their position at the top of the Super League table.

  • Saints are still in relatively rude health and were hoping Mark Percival could return to the squad following a month out but he is still a couple of weeks away along with Luke Thompson and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

  • James Roby is out with a niggle so Aaron Smith is likely to take up the hooking role whilst Danny Richardson also drops out of the squad with Jack Welsby and James Bentley added to the 19.

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Burke, Dudson, Evalds, Griffin, Hastings, Inu, Jones, Lussick, Lui, McCarthy, Mossop, Murray, Nakubuwai, Olpherts, Pauli, Sio, Tomkins, Walker, Welham

Unavailable: Ed Chamberlain, Mark Flanagan

  • Salford Red Devils blew a 10-point lead in the second half as Hull KR hit back to knock them out of the Challenge Cup last week and they will now look to carry on where they left off in Super League.

  • The Red Devils defeated Leeds in their last contest and hope to kick on towards the top 5, boosted as they were by the return of Ken Sio last week after overcoming injury with competition for places hotting up amongst their backline.

  • Jake Bibby and Josh Wood drop out of last week’s squad with Logan Tomkins back in the fold whilst there could also be a debut for Pauli Pauli after he joined the club in a loan swap deal with Junior Sa’u heading to Wakefield in return.

THE PREDICTION

St. Helens were not at their free-flowing best last week and will want to put in a better performance as they host Salford back in Super League action. The league leaders have still only lost one game all year, possessing the best attack and defence, which should see them extend their winning run. Salford have struggled for consistency this season and have lost as many games as they’ve won, and they have struggled against those sides above them in the table, with this set to be another example of that in defeat.