Widnes Vikings vs Wigan Warriors Super League Round 13 Preview

Widnes enjoyed success in the challenge cup last week, beating Coventry 90-0, this week they face a tougher challenge as they  take on the second place Wigan Warriors fresh from their convincing victory over the Castleford Tigers in round 12.

Wigan won the first of the two regular season meetings of 2018 earlier this year, a 32-16 home victory meaning that the Warriors have now won the last 3 meetings between these two clubs. Widnes' last victory over the Warriors came back in 2016 in Round 4 of the Super 8's in a low scoring 6-8 win. That win is the Vikings only win over the Warriors in their last 5 meetings, to find the last time that Widnes got points in a home fixture against the Warriors you have to journey back to Round 1 of the 2015 Super League season which saw a 22 point draw.

Widnes offer a debut to loanee Jimmy Keinhorst and welcome back Hep Cahill from injury as two massive boosts to the squad ahead of this challenging fixture. Wigan are without 4 key players for this fixture; Sam and Joel Tomkins, Ben Flower and Liam Farrell all mis Shaun Wane's 19 man sqaud, replaced by; Tom Davies, Josh Ganson, Callum Field and Gabe Hamlin.
Wigan Warriors: John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Morgan Escare, Callum Field, Josh Ganson, Oliver Gildart, Gabe Hamlin, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete,Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, George Williams.

Widnes Vikings: Patrick Ah Van, Greg Burke, Hep Cahill, Ed Chamberlain, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Owen Farnworth, Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore, Rhys Hanbury, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, Jimmy Keinhorst, MacGraff Leuluai, Tom Olbison, Lloyd White, Matt Whitley, Sam Wilde.

I'm backing the Warriors to win this fixture, despite missing a few big names. Wigan have a very good head to head record against the Vikings, especially on the road, it will be a closer game than anticipated and I'm sure that the Vikings will certainly hold their own but ultimately I believe Wigan will take this by 7-12 points.



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