Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils Preview

The Lowdown


  • Warrington's season took another turn for the worse on Friday night when they were on the end of a humiliating nilling at Headingley as Leeds scored 40 unanswered points.
  • Tony Smith is forced into one change with Morgan Smith coming into the 19-man squad in place of Kurt Gidley after the Australian picked up a knock against Leeds.
  • The home form of Warrington is helping to keep the Wolves just inside the top 8 but a defeat here to in-form Salford could see them fall as low as 10th.

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Dominic Crosby, Brad Dwyer, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Tom Lineham, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Morgan Smith, Joe Westerman

Unavailable: Toby King (Hamstring), Ben Currie (Knee), Ben Westwood (Hand), Kurt Gidley (Injury)


  • Salford are the form team in Super League having won nine of their last 10 games and produced a clinical display to defeat Catalans 50-12 on Friday night.
  • Ian Watson has been able to make very few changes to his side recently and has only made one switch to his squad from the Catalans win, with Todd Carney recalled in place of Josh Jones.
  • A win for Salford here could potentially leave them one win away from securing a place in the Super 8s, which would be a huge achievement having been a part of the Million Pound Game last season.

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Jake Bibby, Kriss Brining, Todd Carney, Michael Dobson, Niall Evalds, Mark Flanagan, James Hasson, Weller Hauraki, Greg Johnson, Craig Kopczak, Olsi Krasniqi, Ryan Lannon, Rob Lui, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Gareth O'Brien, Junior Sa'u, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, Kris Welham

Unavailable: George Griffin (Injured), Jordan Walne, Adam Walne, Lee Mossop, Josh Jones

Analysis - what to expect
Despite their impressive form for much of the season and Warrington's inconsistent form as well as their poor showing at Leeds on Friday, the bookies still rate Salford as the underdogs heading into this game. That could be down to the history between the two sides, with the Wolves claiming the spoils in 14 of the last 17 Super League contests. Salford have already beaten Warrington once this season and they can improve their poor record against the Wolves with a second consecutive victory against them here.