On Friday night Salford Red Devils return to Super League action as they look to continue their great 2017 form when they travel to St Helens.

Last Time Out

In the only fixture in Super League last weekend St Helens were beaten in their rearranged visit to Huddersfield Giants. They couldn’t pick up the two points at the John Smith’s Stadium, as they were defeated 24-16 as they missed their chance to close the gap on the top four.

Salford Red Devils had a week off from league action, as they booked their place in the Challenge Cup semi-finals for the first time in 19 years with a win over Wakefield Trinity. They gained revenge for a defeat at the AJ Bell Stadium just two weeks earlier with a dominant 30-6 triumph.

Key Battle

Salford Red Devils have a wrecking ball in their back row, and he goes by the name of Ben Murdoch-Masila. The second rower was explosive in their victory last week with a try and an assist as he has been crucial in their rise to second in the table.

St Helens’ threat lies out wide as the combination of Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival have been dangerous throughout the season. Both players have performed well this year despite the club’s disappointing overall form so far in 2017, but they could provide the strike which edges them to victory on Friday.

Prediction

Saints will be looking to replicate their end of season form from 2016, and a win over Salford could provide the platform for a late charge into the top four. The Red Devils will have other ideas though, as they try to close the gap on front runners Castleford Tigers. Salford Red Devils by 16.

Squads

St Helens 19-man squad: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Theo Fages, Matty Smith, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Luke Douglas, Luke Thompson, Tommy Lee, Dominique Peyroux, Morgan Knowles, Jake Spedding, Regan Grace, Zeb Taia

Salford Red Devils 19-man squad: Gareth O’Brien, Josh Jones, Junior Sa’u, Niall Evalds, Robert Lui, Michael Dobson, Craig Kopczak, Logan Tomkins, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Weller Hauraki, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Ryan Lannon, Kris Brinning, Greg Johnson, Kris Welham, Jake Bibby, Todd Carney, James Hasson

Match Details

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

Date/Time: Friday 23rd June, 8pm