Salford Red Devils vs St Helens Preview

The Lowdown

SALFORD RED DEVILS

  • Salford are finding some form now as they are currently sitting in fifth spot following three wins from their last four matches and their confidence is as high as it has been all season.
  • They have to do without Junior Sa'u who picked up a leg injury against Widnes last week so he is replaced by Jake Bibby in what is the only change from last week.
  • Their 46-10 win at Widnes last week was their best performance of the season so far and with both Carneys fit and finding form, they will look to repeat their 44-10 win in this fixture last season.

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Jake Bibby, Kriss Brining, Justin Carney, Todd Carney, Michael Dobson, Mark Flanagan, Greg Johnson, Josh Jones, Craig Kopczak, George Griffin, Rob Lui, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Lee Mossop, Gareth O'Brien, Olsi Krasniqi, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, Adam Walne, Kris Welham

Unavailable: Junior Sa'u (Leg), Weller Huaraki (Foot), Jordan Walne, Josh Wood, Niall Evalds, Ryan Lannon

ST HELENS

  • Saints have started to turn their season around thanks to two consecutive wins against Warrington and Huddersfield and they will look to make it three from their last three here.
  • Their team news is generally positive as Jonny Lomax is back after missing over a month through injury and Morgan Knowles also returns with Matty Fleming to the 19-man squad.
  • Adam Swift misses out with a knock which is a blow after scoring 4 tries in his last 5 games, but the return of Lomax enables Makinson to move out to the wing and Wilkin to return to the pack.

Head Coach: Keiron Cunningham

Squad: Kyle Amor, Luke Douglas, Theo Fages, Matty Fleming, Morgan Knowles, Tommy Lee, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ryan Morgan, Jack Owens, Mark Percival, Dominique Peyroux, James Roby, Matty Smith, Zeb Taia, Adam Walker, Alex Walmsley, Jon Wilkin

Unavailable: Adam Swift (Injured), Danny Richardson, Calvin Wellington, Luke Thompson, Jack Ashworth, Greg Richards


Analysis - what to expect
There is plenty of familiarity between these two sides as both teams possess numerous former players of the opponents. Both teams come into the game with some form having both won their last two matches, but it is Salford who arguably have had the better of it including a win over previously unbeaten Castleford. There is not much between these two sides but home advantage may give Salford the edge.