Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves Super League Round 20 Preview


The battle for second place is on come Friday night, as Wigan play host to a Warrington side looking for their third successive win since their loss to Catleford in early June. Wigan are looking to rebuild after their slight dip in form at the beginning of June, putting in an assured performance against the Rhinos last week proving to be the nail in the coffin for Brian McDermott.

Wigan haven't got the best head to head record against Wire, Wigan's record currently sits at 3 wins in their last 9 attempts The two most recent fixtures between these two were, Warrington's 23-0 victory in the Challenge Cup and Wigan's 38-10 win on Good Friday.

Wigan make two enforced changes to the side that beat Leeds last week, Joe Greenwood misses out after picking up an ankle injury and Romain Naverette is sidelined by supsension, Sam Powell will make his 150th appearance for the club. Warrington welcome back Stefan Ratchford and Chris Hill after resting the pair against Salford, however, they are still without metre making maching Ben Murdoch-Masila, the Wolves also have a landmark appearance in their ranks, Ben Westwood making his 500th appearance for the club, a huge personal achievement for the 36 year old.

Wigan Warriors - John Bateman, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Morgan EscarĂ©, Liam Farrell, Callum Field, Ben Flower, Oliver Gildart, Gabe Hamlin, Willie Isa, Samuel Kibula, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Paisley, Sam Powell, Taulima Tautai, Sam Tomkins, Josh Woods.

Warrington Wolves: Sitaleki Akauola, Kevin Brown, Mitch Brown, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Dominic Crosby, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, George King, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Tyrone Roberts, Morgan Smith, Ben Westwood.


I'm predicting a Warrington win in this fixture, there's a lot going on at Wigan at the moment and that is clearly impact on field performance. Warrington's poor start is the only thing that has hampered them from claiming second place, now that they are stable again they seem to be back to their old selves, I'm backing Warrington by 7-12.

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