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

THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils taking place? Saturday 12th October, 18:00

Where is St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils taking place? Old Trafford

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, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Paulo, Percival, Peyroux, Roby, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley

Unavailable: Matty Lees

  • St. Helens will compete in their first Super League Grand Final since 2014 and come into this game as the favourites following a superb campaign and on the back of an emphatic display over Wigan in which they blew their local rivals away.
  • Saints will be fresh after enjoying a week off following the win over Wigan and look set to name the same matchday 17 from that game which is backed up by the naming of an unchanged 19-man squad, with Super League’s Young Player of the Year Matty Lees the only player unavailable.
  • This will be head coach Justin Holbrook’s final game in charge before he departs for the Gold Coast Titans and although his time at St. Helens has been viewed favourably because of their style of play, he will want to be remembered for guiding Saints to a Grand Final win to cap his tenure.

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bibby, Burke, Dudson, Evalds, Flanagan, Griffin, Hastings, Inu, J. Johnson, Jones, Lolohea, Lussick, McCarthy, Mossop, Sio, Tomkins, Walker, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Ed Chamberlain

  • Salford produced a sensational display as they stunned Wigan in their clash last week to advance to their first-ever Grand Final and will now look to wrap up what could be a fairytale ending to a season, in which they have already massively overachieved, by lifting the title at Old Trafford.
  • The Red Devils have named an unchanged 19-man squad for the final and that is likely to result in the same 17 featuring for the third game in succession with recently crowned Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel Jackson Hastings set to play a pivotal role in his side’s chances.
  • Although this is a completely new experience for Salford, they have a handful of players with Grand Final experience in their squad and they include Josh Jones and Mark Flanagan who will be hoping to get one over the side that they won the title with back in 2014.

THE PREDICTION

Salford have achieved a remarkable feat by advancing to the Super League Grand Final but face a hugely difficult task to lift the crown. They will face a St. Helens side that lost just three league matches all season and with Saints winning the last six contests between the two, it highlights the challenge at hand. The Red Devils come into this with no pressure on them but will need to demonstrate the same defensive effort that has seen them concede just one try in their last two games if they are to restrict a Saints team that have averaged 31.9 points across their 30 games in the league this season. Salford may hope for wet condition to help them grind out a famous win but it still might not be enough to stop Saints who can win a sixth Super League Grand Final.

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