2019 Super League – St. Helens vs Wigan Warriors Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Wigan Warriors taking place? Friday 27th September, 19:45

Where is St. Helens vs Wigan Warriors taking place? Totally Wicked Stadium

What channel is St. Helens vs Wigan Warriors 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 Wigan Warriors?

St. Helens – https://www.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

Wigan Warriors – https://www.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/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 were the runaway leaders during the regular season which earned them the week off in the first round of the play-offs but all eyes will be on them here in what should be a bruising encounter against local rivals Wigan.
  • Saints are in relatively rude health and could come into this contest boasting a fully-fit squad other than prop Matty Lees who was ruled out for the season in the week building up to August’s Challenge Cup final.
  • In what could be Justin Holbrook’s final home game in charge of the Saints, he has made just one change to the 19-man squad he named against Hull in their final game of the regular season with Aaron Smith replacing Matty Costello.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Adrian Lam

Squad: Burgess, Byrne, Clubb, Farrell, Flower, French, Gildart, Greenwood, Hankinson, Hardaker, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Partington, Powell, Smithies, Williams

Unavailable: Gabe Hamlin, Dom Manfredi, Tom Davies, Joe Bullock, Dan Sarginson

  • Wigan had to hang on as Salford threw everything at them but that defensive effort will stand them in good stead ahead of this derby with St. Helens as they play for the right to contest the Grand Final.
  • The Warriors were hoping to have centre Dan Sarginson back for this contest but he has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, with Chris Hankinson again likely to deputise, whilst Bevan French is set to appear from the bench.
  • Ollie Partington is back in the squad after serving his one-match ban last week and is the only change to the 19-man squad but doubts remain over hooker Sam Powell after he suffered a wrist injury last week.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan won an energy-sapping contest against Salford in a great play-off tie last week but will need to back that up as they head to rivals St. Helens. Saints will be looking to progress straight to the Grand Final but will be seriously tested in this one which is likely to be a low-scoring contest, especially if the rain persists. Wigan showed the blueprint in defence last week and coming up against Saints’ attack is a mouth-watering proposition but St. Helens won every game on home soil during the regular season and they can improve that record to edge out Wigan.

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