2020 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs St. Helens Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wigan Warriors vs St. Helens taking place? Tuesday 29th September, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Wigan Warriors vs St. Helens taking place? AJ Bell Stadium

What is the expected weather for Wigan Warriors vs St. Helens? 12c, mostly cloudy

What channel is Wigan Warriors vs St. Helens on? Sky Sports Arena

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

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? St. Helens 40-10 Wigan Warriors

THE TEAM NEWS

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan Warriors were pushed all the way in a tough contest with Wakefield Trinity last week but did enough to earn the victory and solidify their spot in the top four, although they face a hugely difficult task here.
  • The Warriors have made ten changes to last week’s 21-man squad as they keep one eye on the weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds Rhinos with Adrian Lam opting to rest some key players.
  • Bevan French is the key man that will be absent but in what is set to be a severely under-strength side, there could be debuts for the likes of Sam Halsall, Ben Kilner, Kai Pearce-Paul and Umyla Hanley with the youngsters potentially getting a chance to shine.

21-man squad: Bibby, Bourouh, Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Flower, Greenwood, Halsall, Hankinson, Hanley, Hastings, Isa, Kilner, Manfredi, McDonnell, Pearce-Paul, Rushton, Ja. Shorrocks, Smith, Wells

Unavailable: Liam Marshall, Tony Clubb, Morgan Smithies, George Burgess

Questionable:

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens will hope the week off has served them well after they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup in their last outing against Warrington Wolves, although that loss could help shape the rest of the season for Saints.
  • They now have just one competition to focus on and with that in mind, they have been able to name a full-strength squad for this derby with Wigan Warriors while their opponents have decided to rest the majority of their strongest side.
  • Jack Ashworth makes way from the 21-man squad while Mark Percival is also absent after the luckless centre suffered yet another injury so Matty Costello could come into the side while Joe Batchelor is the other new face in the squad.

21-man squad: Amor, Batchelor, Bentley, Coote, Costello, Dodd, Fages, Grace, Graham, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Peyroux, Roby, Simm, Smith, Taia, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: Tommy Makinson, Jack Ashworth, Mark Percival

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

This will be a derby like no other but for all the wrong reasons as Wigan Warriors face St. Helens at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium. Usually there would be a crowd of over 20,000 for a game between these bitter rivals but that will not be the case here. Wigan have also taken the decision to look ahead to their Challenge Cup semi-final at the weekend with Adrian Lam resting the majority of his key men ahead of that game due to the close proximity of this fixture. That leaves the door wide open for Saints to run up a big score and having had the week off to dwell on their Cup exit, Saints can exploit their young opponents by winning this by at least 20 points.

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