2019 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils taking place? Friday 20th September, 19:45

Where is Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils taking place? The DW Stadium

What channel is Wigan Warriors 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 Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils?

Wigan Warriors – https://www.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/Events/Index

Salford Red Devils – https://www.eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils/Events/Index

THE TEAM NEWS

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Adrian Lam

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

Unavailable: Gabe Hamlin, Dom Manfredi, Tom Davies, Joe Bullock, Jarrod Sammut, Ollie Partington

  • Wigan continue to loom as a real Grand Final prospect as they made it seven wins in a row thanks to a superb performance against Castleford in which their intense defensive efforts stifled the Tigers for large periods of the game.

  • The Warriors will be boosted by the return of second rower Liam Farrell after he served a one-match suspension last week but they have lost youngster Ollie Partington who has picked up a ban of his own for striking.

  • The only other change to the 19-man squad sees young half Harry Smith drop out for winger Liam Marshall who has recovered from a hamstring injury and he could replace Dan Sarginson in the starting XIII who is deemed a 50/50 chance of playing due to a knock.

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

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

Unavailable: Ed Chamberlain

  • Salford head into the play-offs as the form team of the competition after securing third place thanks to a golden point win over Hull KR last week and with that, the Red Devils come into this game with the pressure off knowing they get a second chance next week if they are defeated.

  • Red Devils head coach Ian Watson will have the luxury of naming a strong team with almost their entire squad available for selection thanks to the return of three players who were left out with slight knocks last week.

  • Gil Dudson, Mark Flanagan and Tyrone McCarthy are all recalled to the 19-man squad meaning long-term absentee Ed Chamberlain is the only man on the sidelines whilst Adam Lawton, Ben Nakubuwai and Josh Johnson are left out.

THE PREDICTION

The two form teams in Super League go head-to-head for the right to meet St. Helens next week. It will not be the end of the road for the loser but a win would put them on the right path to the Grand Final and with so much at stake, a low-scoring game could be on the cards with defences on top. If that is to be the case, Wigan will take some beating having conceded an average of just 10.5 points in their last four games and they have also won their last seven matches at the DW Stadium.

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