2020 Super League – St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils taking place? Friday 31st January, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils taking place? Totally Wicked Stadium

What is the expected weather for St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils? 10c with a chance of showers

What channel is St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for St. Helens vs Salford Red Devils? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? St. Helens 23-6 Salford Red Devils

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens backed up their superb regular season campaign by winning the Grand Final against Salford last season which added to their League Leaders’ Shield and they will fancy their chances of more silverware in 2020.
  • Saints have a new man in charge in Kristian Woolf after Justin Holbrook departed at the end of the season but they will play with an almost identical squad in 2020 with that consistency set to aid their push for back-to-back titles.
  • They will have to deal with a handful of injuries for this opening game of the season with skipper James Roby missing along with Morgan Knowles and Tommy Makinson who are all working their way back from off-season surgery.

21-man squad: Amor, Ashworth, Batchelor, Bentley, Coote, Costello, Dodd, Fages, Grace, Lees, Lomax, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Paulo, Percival, Peyroux, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: James Roby (Injured), Tommy Makinson (Injured), Morgan Knowles (Injured)

Questionable: Kyle Amor (Injured)

SALFORD RED DEVILS

  • Salford Red Devils enjoyed a brilliant season last year but after a maiden Grand Final appearance, they have it all to do in 2020 with a big turnover of players in their squad leaving many questioning their credentials this time around.
  • The Red Devils have lost big names such as Jackson Hastings and Josh Jones and the likes of George Griffin and Jake Bibby also played important roles last season with Salford hoping their new recruits can hit the ground running.
  • Chris Atkin and Kevin Brown will be responsible for providing some creativity having arrived from Hull KR and Warrington respectively whilst they have also added some size in Pauli Pauli and Sebastine Ikahihifo.

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

Unavailable: Ryan Lannon (Injured)

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

St. Helens will hope that they can continue their success of last season under a new head coach. Kristian Woolf will take charge of his first Super League game in a repeat of last season's Grand Final against Salford but the Red Devils will have a very different line-up to the one that featured in that game. They have made numerous changes to their squad and may take time to gel with Saints expected to be too good in this contest.

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