2020 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs St. Helens Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Warrington Wolves vs St. Helens taking place? Thursday 6th February, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Warrington Wolves vs St. Helens taking place? Halliwell Jones Stadium

What is the expected weather for Warrington Wolves vs St. Helens? 4c in partly cloudy skies

What channel is Warrington Wolves vs St. Helens on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Warrington Wolves vs St. Helens? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Warrington Wolves vs St. Helens? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Warrington Wolves 18-4 St. Helens

THE TEAM NEWS

WARRINGTON WOLVES

  • Warrington battled well but their 12 men could not overcome Wigan in their season opener after Chris Hill's first-half red card and they now face another tough test as they host reigning Super League champions St. Helens.
  • The Wolves will be without Hill following his red card after he was hit with a three-game ban but his replacement will not be Leilani Latu who has not been included in Warrington’s 21-man squad and the new arrival will have to wait at least another week for his debut.
  • Hill is the only player to drop out of last week’s squad with youngster Ellis Robson called-up in his place but he is unlikely to play with Matt Davis and Luis Johnson set to battle it out for the final place in the matchday 17.

21-man squad: Akauola, Ashton, Austin, Burrell, Charnley, D. Clark, J. Clark, Cooper, Currie, Davis, Gelling, Johnson, King, Lineham, Mamo, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Robson, Walker

Unavailable: Gareth Widdop (Injured), Jack Hughes (Injured), Leilani Latu (Rested), Chris Hill (Suspended)

Questionable:

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens fired a warning to the rest of Super League as they hammered Salford in a repeat of last season's Grand Final victory but this will be a much sterner test as they face Warrington for the first time since losing last year’s Challenge Cup final to the Wolves.
  • Saints were without a trio of first-teamers in last week's season opener and also lost fullback Lachlan Coote to an MCL injury with his place at fullback set to be taken by youngster Jack Welsby whilst Matty Costello could come into the three-quarters.
  • Morgan Knowles has recovered from off-season shoulder surgery and the forward is expected to come straight back into the 17 but there is no place for Kyle Amor who is out through injury with his place in the squad taken by youngster Tom Nisbet.

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

Unavailable: James Roby (Injured), Tommy Makinson (Injured), Lachlan Coote (Injured), Kyle Amor (Injured)

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

Warrington will take a lot from their opening day defeat after they pushed Wigan all the way despite being reduced to 12 men midway through the first half. That may count for little in another tough challenge against St. Helens and that effort could have taken a lot out of the Wolves. They will be competitive again and will be able to ask more questions with a full complement of players but the visitors were very impressive last week and should be able to cover -4.

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