2019 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers taking place? Thursday 19th September, 19:45

Where is Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers taking place? The Halliwell Jones Stadium

What channel is Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers 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 Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers?

Warrington Wolves – https://shop.warringtonwolves.com/match-tickets.aspx

Castleford Tigers – https://tigers.mysportstickets.co.uk/

THE TEAM NEWS

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Austin, Charnley, D. Clark, J. Clark, Cooper, Currie, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, King, Lineham, Livett, Mamo, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Tasi, Westwood

Unavailable: Matt Davis, Matty Smith

  • Warrington ended the season in disappointing fashion as they slipped to defeat against Leeds and surrendered third place as a result which means that there are no second chances in the play-offs for the Wolves.

  • Declan Patton and Joe Philbin should both return for the Wolves in this contest after missing out with lower leg injuries last week with the former likely to be played even if not fully fit due to Matty Smith picking up a ban.

  • Joining Smith on the sidelines is Sitaleki Akauola who is left out and their places in the 19-man squad have been taken by Lama Tasi and Harvey Livett who will both be hoping to force their way into the matchday 17.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Blair, Clare, Clarkson, Ellis, Holmes, Maher, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, O’Neill, Rankin, Smith, Trueman, Turner, Watts

Unavailable: Luke Gale, Alex Foster, Michael Shenton, Junior Moors, Greg Eden, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Nathan Massey

  • Castleford were outclassed by a powerful Wigan side as they scraped into the play-offs after Hull FC also failed to beat St. Helens and now face a tough ask as they travel to Warrington in a do-or-die contest.

  • The Tigers will be without forward Jesse Sene-Lefao after he was charged with a Grade C strike after dropping into the tackle with his knee which resulted in his red card against Wigan.

  • Sene-Lefao will also miss next week’s clash if Castleford progress whilst Nathan Massey is also out of the 19-man squad with Will Maher and Jacques O’Neill the new names in the Tigers squad.

THE PREDICTION

If Warrington are to achieve a second piece of silverware in 2019, they will have to do it the hard way after missing out on a second chance in the play-offs by losing to Leeds last week. The Wolves will now host Castleford in what will be a nervy encounter that can go either way. Both will need to greatly improve on last week’s effort but Warrington look better placed to progress with home advantage potentially a key factor.

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