Date: Friday 29th August
Venue: Select Security Stadium
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Teams

Widnes Vikings 19 man squad:

Patrick Ah Van, Dave Allen, Kevin Brown, Hep Cahill, Liam Carberry, Jon Clarke, Chris Dean, Paddy Flynn, Danny Galea, Alex Gerrard, Rhys Hanbury, Phil Joseph, Macgraff Leuluai, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Eamon O’Carroll, Cameron Phelps, Danny Tickle, Lloyd White

Wigan Warriors 19 man squad:

John Bateman, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Jamie Doran, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling, Blake Green, Jack Hughes, Jordan James, Dom Manfredi, Michael McIlorum, Sean O’Loughlin, Eddy Pettybourne, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley

Preview

Super League returns after a weekend off for the Challenge Cup Final and on Friday night Widnes Vikings come up against Wigan Warriors at the Select Security Stadium.
It is the Vikings last home game of the season and they will be hoping to stage an upset to consolidate their place in the play-offs and to deflect attention from their off-the-field trouble which has tainted what has been a successful year for the club.

Wigan however are striving for the league leaders shield and a win at Widnes would put pressure on their rivals St Helens who currently sit three points ahead of them.

Widnes will look to this same match two years ago as inspiration as it was their first Super League win after successfully applying for a license to return to the top tier.

Wigan will be boosted by the return of Micky McIlorum and Iain Thornley as they look to improve their form going into the play-offs as they defend their crown as Super League champions.

Last time out Wigan produced a convincing 48-4 victory at the DW Stadium and Shaun Wane’s men are sure to be confident of gaining another victory when they face the Vikings away.

With Widnes’ inconsistent form of late they will be desperate to provided their fans with a display that will keep them hopeful of seeing their team in the play-offs.

Form

Widnes Vikings

League Position: 8th, 23 points, -118
Last 5: LWLWL
Last win: Hull KR (H), 28-10, Round 23
Last defeat: Huddersfield (A), 28-14, Round 24
Last time they met: L, Away 48-4, Round 16

Wigan Warriors

League Position: 2nd, 33 points, +400
Last 5: DWLWW
Last win: Salford (H), 35-4, Round 23
Last defeat: Bradford (A) 16-8, Round 22
Last time they met: W, Home 48-4, Round 16

Prediction

Wigan will be as determined as ever to come away with the two points here as they look to go into the play-offs in form and try to steal the leaders shield from St Helens’ grasp. Widnes will put up a good fight however the firepower of Wigan should be too much for them to deal with. Wigan by 22.