2020 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants taking place? Friday 6th November, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants taking place? Emerald Headingley Stadium

What is the expected weather for Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants? 6c, partly cloudy

What channel is Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants? This match will be played behind closed doors

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Huddersfield Giants 10-42 Wigan Warriors

THE TEAM NEWS

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan Warriors leapfrogged rivals St. Helens at the top of the Super League table and with the regular season now ending following this round of matches, the result in this clash will determine the winners of the league leaders’ shield.
  • In a bruising encounter, neither side gave up much in defence and it needed a moment of magic from Bevan French to break the game open with Wigan able to outscore their opponents four tries to one in the 6-18 success.
  • Joe Greenwood somehow avoided a red card for a high shot late in that contest but he will now serve a ban for that with Dom Manfredi returning to the 21-man squad in the only change from last week.

21-man squad: Bibby, Bullock, G. Burgess, J. Burgess, Byrne, Clubb, Farrell, Flower, French, Gildart, Hankinson, Hardaker, Hastings, Isa, Leuluai, Manfredi, Partington, Powell, Singleton, Smith, Smithies

Unavailable: Liam Marshall, Ethan Havard, Jack Wells, Sean O’Loughlin, Joe Greenwood

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HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield Giants have endured a frustrating campaign and their loss to Warrington Wolves last time out ensured they will miss out on the play-offs, although they have been placed on standby in case a team has to drop out.
  • It was yet another narrow defeat for the Giants as the Wolves were victors by just seven points with that being four matches in a row that they have lost, all by eight points or fewer.
  • This could be interim head coach Luke Robinson’s final chance to impress but he will be without Lee Gaskell in the halves while he will hand some of the younger members of his squad a chance to feature, including Ronan Michael who will debut.

21-man squad: Butterworth, Cudjoe, English, Gavet, Golding, Lawrence, Matagi, McGillvary, McIntosh, McQueen, Michael, Moore, Russell, Senior, Sezer, Ta’ai, Trout, Turner, Ja. Wardle, Jo. Wardle, Wood

Unavailable: Jon Luke Kirby, Chester Butler, Aaron Murphy, Adam Walne, Adam O’Brien, Lee Gaskell, Kenny Edwards, Oliver Wilson

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THE PREDICTION

Wigan Warriors can claim the league leaders’ shield with a win in what will now be the final game of the regular season as they take on Huddersfield Giants. Wigan played at an extremely high intensity in defence last week and it was enough to earn them a win over rivals St. Helens. They now sit at the top of the standings knowing a win will seal the silverware, although a loss will hand it to Saints. The Giants will feel they have blown the chance to feature in the play-offs because of all of their narrow losses this season but this one could be clear cut. The Warriors will be desperate to win this one and against a side with nothing but pride to play for, Wigan can come out on top by 13+ points.

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