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Super 8s preview: Warrington look to keep pressure on Hull at the top when they face Wildcats

Warrington can move to within a point of leaders Hull FC with a win over Wakefield at Belle Vue on Sunday.

The Wolves currently sit third in the Super 8s table but defeat for Wigan against Castleford on Friday night means Tony Smith’s side can move above the Warriors with a win.

Wakefield sit eighth and will be looking to avenge their 56-12 Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Warrington a fortnight ago.

Chris Chester’s side suffered another hammering last weekend slipping to a frustrating 60-12 loss to Wigan in the opening round of the Super 8s.

Warrington also lost their opening Super 8s match 20-18 against St Helens but their record in recent years against the Wildcats will give them confidence having won 13 of their last 15 meetings.

Furthermore, Wakefield have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions but did beat the Wolves 36-28 the last time the sides met at Belle Vue in May.

Ben Jones-Bishop returns to the squad after recovering from a shoulder injury and replaces Anthony Tupou.

Jonny Molloy and youngster James Batchelor are also in contention to play and replace Liam Senior and Bradley Moules in the 19-man squad.

Warrington include prop Ben Evans in their squad for the first time since March 2015 following an injury-plagued couple of seasons.

Kevin Penny also returns with Declan Patton and Joe Philbin dropping out.

Wakefield 19-man squad: Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, James Batchelor, Jordan Crowther, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Craig Hall, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Reece Lyne, Judah Mazive, Jacob Miller, Jonny Molloy, Scott Moore, Nick Scruton, Mikey Sio, Bill Tupou, Jason Walton, Andy Yates.

Warrington 19-man squad: Ryan Atkins, Daryl Clark, Ben Currie, Brad Dwyer, Ben Evans, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, George King, Toby King, Kevin Penny, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Chris Sandow, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Ben Westwood, Sam Wilde.


Trainee sports journalist at News Associates, Manchester, UK.


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