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20 May 2017 by TSZ

Leigh Centurions vs Salford Red Devils Preview

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The Lowdown

LEIGH CENTURIONS

  • Leigh are struggling for form having lost their last seven Super League games. They're in desperate need of a win here to try and kick-start their season and push on towards a top 8 finish.
  • They must try to overcome an in-form Salford without prop Jamie Acton who serves a one-match ban. His absence will be a big loss for the Centurions having been one of their most consistent performers this season.
  • Leigh's main issue this season has been with ball-in-hand. They have scored the second fewest points per game with their average standing at just 17.5, with only Widnes scoring less per game.

Head Coach: Neil Jukes

Squad: Matty Fleming, Atelea Vea, Glenn Stewart, Mitch Brown, Ben Reynolds, Cory Paterson, Sam Hopkins, Liam Hood, Gareth Hock, Harrison Hansen, Adam Higson, Ryan Hampshire, James Green, Danny Tickle, Eloi Pelissier, Josh Drinkwater, Matty Dawson, Ben Crooks, Lachlan Burr

Unavailable: Jamie Acton (Suspended), James Clare (Knee), Dave Thompson, Micky Higham, Tom Armstrong, Willie Tonga, Antoni Maria, Curtis Naughton, Gregg McNally, Dayne Weston

SALFORD RED DEVILS

  • Salford head into this game in one of their strongest positions in years. They've won seven of their last eight Super League games and currently sit in third place in the Super League table.
  • Ian Watson is able to include new signing James Hasson having brought in the forward from Parramatta Eels. His signing was made possible after the Red Devils allowed controversial winger Justin Carney to join Championship outfit Hull KR.
  • Salford possess the league's second meanest defence at this stage of the season with only table toppers Castleford having a better record. The Red Devils have only conceded an average of 17.5 points per game.

Head Coach: Ian Watson

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

Unavailable: Todd Carney (Injured), George Griffin (Injured), Jordan Walne, Adam Walne, Lee Mossop


Analysis - what to expect
Both of these sides are heading in opposite directions with Salford one of the form teams in the league whereas Leigh are struggling to find a win. All of the signs point to a Salford win here as the second poorest attack meets the second best defence - in fact, Leigh's points per game scored in attack is the same number as Salford are conceding per game.

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