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Super League match preview: Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves

Date: Thursday September 11th
Venue: DW Stadium
Kick-off: 8pm

Teams

Wigan 19 man squad: John Bateman, Matt Bowen, Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Blake Green, Jack Hughes, Michael McIlorum, Sean O’Loughlin, Eddy Pettybourne, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Joel Tomkins

Warrington 19 man squad: Roy Asotasi, Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge, Ben Currie, Anthony England, Ben Evans, Rhys Evans, Ben Harrison, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, James Laithwaite, Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Richie Myler, Gareth O’Brien, Stefan Ratchford, Matthew Russell, Trent Waterhouse, Paul Wood

Form

Wigan Warriors

Rd 26 – Leeds (H), W 21-6
Rd 25 – Widnes (A), L 24-10
Rd 24 – Hull KR (A), D 14-14
Rd 23 – Salford (H), W 45-4
Rd 22 – Bradford (A), L 16-8

Warrington Wolves

Rd 26 – St Helens (A), W 39-12
Rd 25 – Huddersfield (H), D 24-24
Rd 24 – Castleford (H), W 48-10
CC SF – Leeds (N), L 24-16
Rd 23 – Catalans (A), W 26-24

Preview

Wigan Warriors host Warrington Wolves on Thursday night in a crucial final regular round game which both sides need to win to secure a top 4 finish.

Both teams go into the match off the back of impressive wins last week, as Warrington secured a resounding 39-12 victory over league leaders St Helens, and Wigan won ‘the big one’ against Leeds Rhinos 21-6.

Wigan and Warrington sit in 3rd and 4th place in the table respectively, both on 35 points and knowing that a win would secure a top 3 finish going into the play-offs. The winners will be hoping that Castleford lose away at Catalan which would see them then finish as the league’s runners up, also giving them home advantage in their opening play-off fixture. On the other hand, the losing team on Thursday night could end up falling to 5th place should Huddersfield avoid defeat against St Helens. If the Giants lose, both teams will keep their top 4 place.

Warrington are without Simon Grix for the trip to the DW stadium, after the utility player has undergone surgery after fracturing both his tibia and fibula in a horrific injury last week. Joint Captain Ben Westwood also misses out after tearing his calf in the win against St Helens and it’s feared he could miss the remainder of the campaign. There is positive news for Warrington however as Chris Bridge returns from injury. Fitting him in to the side is a problem for head coach Tony Smith, who may opt to play Bridge in the centres and Stefan Ratchford at loose forward.

Joe Burgess is expected to retain his place on the wing for Wigan as Dom Manfredi misses out again with a rib injury. Anthony Gelling is recalled after illness in the only change for Shaun Wane’s side.

Wigan won the reverse fixture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium 12-4 back in March, and also overcame a 16-2 deficit to beat Warrington 30-16 in last season’s Grand Final. The fixture last year produce an entertaining 17-17 draw, and the game could be just as close this Thursday.

Prediction

Warrington by 6

Trainee sports journalist at News Associates, Manchester, UK.

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