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SUPER LEAGUE PREVIEW: Warrington Wolves vs St Helens

Super League’s pace setters Warrington Wolves welcome a struggling St Helens side to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night as they look to strengthen their hold on top spot, live on Sky Sports.

LAST TIME OUT

Warrington bounced back from their first defeat of the season away to Hull FC on Easter Monday with a comprehensive victory over Wigan Warriors. They ran out 28-16 winners at the DW Stadium, in another performance which left everyone wondering if this is actually going to be ‘their year’. Chris Sandow was brilliant before limping off injured, Kurt Gidley showed his importance and Daryl Clark edged nearer to the form which won him the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award in 2014.

St Helens couldn’t put together back to back wins as a Marc Sneyd drop goal snatched a 17-16 win for Hull FC at Langtree Park last week, as Kieran Cunnigham’s men slumped to a third defeat in four games. The hosts had led 16-10 at the break but couldn’t see out the win, as they now sit six points adrift of their opponents at the top of the table.

KEY BATTLE

Warrington have been the benchmark of the competition after nine rounds and their success has relied on a strong go-forward and talented half-back combination playing off the back of that. With Sandow missing, they will be relying on Gidley to guide them to victory with Stefan Ratchford set to move into the halves and partner the former Newcastle Knights stalwart. Saints have a great forward pack who have underfired so far this season, but if their big middle unit can get on top it could give Luke Walsh and Travis Burns the chance to breathe some life into their season and spark a recovery after a poor period.

PREDICTION

If Saints are to turn their bad fortunes around they will need to be at their best to halt an impressive Warrington side, however without Sandow their opponents will be hoping to exploit a weakness. Wire have an impressive squad though, and they should have enough in the tank to get the result. Warrington Wolves by 12.

SQUADS

Warrington Wolves 19 man squad:

Tony Smith was dealt a huge blow as Chris Sandow’s hamstring injury was confirmed as serious, and he is facing a substantial time on the sideline. He is boosted by the news that centre Rhys Evans is available despite leaving the field injured last week. Gene Ormsby has joined Huddersfield Giants on loan so in come Benjamin Jullien and Dec Patton.

Kurt Gidley, Tom Lineham, Rhys Evans, Ryan Atkins, Matty Russell, Stefan Ratchford, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Ashton Sims, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Ben Westwood, Joe Westerman, George King, Kevin Penny, Joe Philbin, Declan Patton, Benjamin Jullien, Jordan Cox

St Helens 19 man squad:

In-form back rower Joe Greenwood is out this week with an injury, as is centre Dominique Peyroux, which has forced Cunningham to bring in youngsters Jack Ashworth and Jake Spedding.

Jordan Turner, Travis Burns, Luke Walsh, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Greg Richards, Andre Savelio, Luke Thompson, Theo Fages, Matty Dawson, Jack Owens, Shannon McDonnell, Jack Ashworth, Morgan Knowles, Ricky Bailey, Jake Spedding

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