2020 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors taking place? Friday 13th March, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors taking place? AJ Bell Stadium

What is the expected weather for Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors? 6c in partly cloudy skies

What channel is Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Wigan Warriors 4-28 Salford Red Devils

THE TEAM NEWS

SALFORD RED DEVILS

  • Salford put up a good fight away at Catalans but ultimately fell to a fourth straight defeat as their poor start to the season continued and they now face a tough test as they welcome early leaders Wigan to the AJ Bell Stadium.
  • The Red Devils have plenty of options at their disposal and head coach Ian Watson may opt to shake his side up for this one although he has stuck with the vast majority of last week’s 21-man squad.
  • Jack Ormondroyd is the only man to make way from the squad with Josh Johnson coming back into contention and he could feature along with the likes of Dan Sarginson and Chris Atkin.

21-man squad: Atkin, Brown, Burke, Dudson, Evalds, Flanagan, Ikahihifo, Johnson, Kear, Lannon, Lolohea, Lussick, McCarthy, Mossop, Pauli, Roberts, Sarginson, Sio, Welham, Williams, Yates

Unavailable: Krisnan Inu (Injured)

Questionable:

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan were far from their best last week but did enough to overcome Hull KR and retain their place at the top of the early table although they will be eager to put in a more rounded performance in this game.
  • The Warriors will be without Ben Flower and Oliver Partington after the front row pair were banned for two and four matches respectively with their tackles drawing a lot of scrutiny in the aftermath of the game.
  • Their absence has handed head coach Adrian Lam with a bit of a dilemma with fellow forwards Tony Clubb and Sean O’Loughlin remaining on the sidelines through injury so youngsters James McDonell and Harry Rushton are named in the 21-man squad for the first time.

21-man squad: Bibby, Bullock, G. Burgess, J. Burgess, Byrne, Clark, Farrell, French, Hankinson, Hardaker, Hastings, Havard, Isa, Leuluai, Manfredi, Marshall, McDonnell, Powell, Rushton, Smith, Smithies

Unavailable: Oliver Gildart (Injured), Sean O’Loughlin (Injured), Tony Clubb (Injured), Ben Flower (Suspended), Oliver Partington (Suspended)

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THE PREDICTION

Wigan are the early pacesetters in Super League having won five of their six matches so far and will fancy their chances of another win as they head to struggling Salford. The Red Devils have won just once at this early stage of the season and may face a team with revenge on their mind in this one. The Warriors missed out on a place in last season’s Grand Final as they were dumped out of the play-offs at the final hurdle by the Red Devils and the visitors are likely to want to set the record straight here with Wigan able to cover -12.

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