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09 Feb 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Salford Red Devils Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 9th February, 19:35

Where? The Mobile Rocket Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

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

Are tickets still available? https://trinity.mysportsticket...

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Arona, Ashurst, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Finn, Grix, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Chris Annakin

  • Wakefield carried on from where they left off last season with a comfortable victory in their season opener against Hull KR as they ran out 6-28 winners.
  • Chris Chester has made just one change to his squad with Craig Huby returning to the side in place of Chris Annakin.
  • Wakefield have only been beaten by Salford once in the last six home Super League meetings between the two sides.

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bibby, Burgess, Evalds, Griffin, Hauraki, Jones, Kopczak, Littlejohn, Lui, McCarthy, Mossop, Nakubuwai, O’Brien, Olpherts, Sa’u, Tasi, Tomkins, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Ryan Lannon, Manu Vatuvei, Mark Flanagan, Greg Johnson

  • Salford put in a woeful second half display as they capitulated at home to Wigan in their season opener last weekend. The Red Devils were only four points down at half-time but ended up losing by 28.
  • Ian Watson could hand debuts to new signings Ben Nakubwai and Derrell Olpherts with Mark Flangan and Greg Johnson dropping out of last week’s 19-man squad.
  • The defeat to Wigan was Salford’s 11th loss from their last 12 matches in all competitions with their poor form stretching back to last year’s regular season.

KEY STATS

  • Wakefield Trinity have won 4 and drawn 1 of the last 6 home Super League meetings between the two sides
  • There has been a total of 297 points scored in the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions at an average of 49.5 per game
  • Salford Red Devils have lost 11 of their last 12 matches in all competitions
  • Salford Red Devils have conceded a minimum of 23 points in 11 of their last 12 matches in all competitions
  • There has been a total of 51 tries scored in the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions at an average of 8.5 per game
  • Jacob Miller has scored 7 tries in the last 7 Super League meetings between the two sides

THE PREDICTION

These two sides ended last season in contrasting fashion and have began this season in the same vein. Wakefield pushed all the way for a semi-final berth with some key wins at the back end of the season whilst Salford’s season petered out as they ended in seventh place. A promising first-half couldn’t be maintained by the Red Devils last week in a result that could hit their confidence and another loss is on the cards for them here.

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