Wigan Warriors (@1.36) vs Salford Red Devils (@3.2)
20-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Wigan Warriors will win

Wigan Warriors – Salford Red Devils Match Prediction | 20-09-2019 14:45

At some point, you have to expect things to click for Wigan and the return of some key players could provide the spark to do that but going on their recent form, it is difficult to see that happening and even with 2 international quality wingers, if they make the wrong plays and drop the ball like they have for much of the season, they wont see enough action to influence things.

They now host a Salford side that currently occupy the last place in the current top 5 and should be able to overcome the Red Devils to leapfrog them. Wigan have hit form at the right time as they moved to within touching distance of a play-off spot thanks to their third straight win. That could be telling for Wigan as they look to finish in a play-off spot and they can mark their return with a win. The Warriors have improved a lot recently and now have some home games to look forward to after spending the last six weeks on the road.

Ian Watsons side will be looking recapture their earlier form and are fully aware theyre still in with a real shot of making the top four as they sit just two points behind Wakefield in 4th and one point behind Saints in 5th with both teams still left to play. Salford have had a slow start to the Super 8s losing their opening two games but have entered the final stage of the season on the back of their highest Super League finish ever.

Salford by 6. Despite that, it should be a reversal of the result in the same fixture earlier this season. Its hard to look past Salford considering the ease with which they beat Warrington away from home, however Wigan will be reeling from their comprehensive loss to St Helens at home and should provide a stern test for the home side.

Wakefield Trinity vs Salford Red Devils

You can see that there is a lot of energy, particularly in our defence which has been key at this Club. Im just really pleased with our attitude at the moment. Everyone is buying into the way we want to defend, which is a little different to last year.

The Warriors have enjoyed a mini resurgence in recent weeks after picking three victories on the spin for just the second time this season. They have already beaten the Red Devils twice this season, both in close encounters, and another win on Friday night will see them leapfrog Salford and could move as high as fourth in the Super League table. They were 38-22 winners last time out against Huddersfield Giants, with club captain Sean OLoughlin rolling back the years after putting in a superb display at the John Smiths Stadium.

The Australian has been a revelation at the club since arriving back in July 2018 and also has the most carries of any player in Super League, with 342, and is currently second in the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel standings. His opposite number Hastings currently tops the try assists chart with 22 assists in just 19 Super League appearances this season, which includes assisting at least two tries in each of his last four games. If he brings his A game to the DW Stadium on Friday night, he will be difficult to stop.

He has 10 tries to his name as well as 12 try assists, which includes contributing to five tries against the Red Devils this season and now looks back to his very best as he looks to propel Wigan into the top four. Williams may have made a slow start to the season but his finest performance in Super League this year did come against Salford back in March.

Salford start the round in 4th place where they are 6 places and 6 points ahead of Wigan who surprisingly start the round joint bottom of Super League. If Wigan can pick up a moral and confidence boosting win in this one, it could be the catalyst to move back towards the play-off battle whilst a loss could see them cemented in the relegation scrap.

THE PREDICTION

Its been a tough season for Shaun Wanes men but they know if they can string together a handful of wins in the coming weeks it could turn out to be another fruitful season for the Warriors. Wigan have had a mixed start to their Super 8s campaign losing to Leeds on the opening weekend but they managed to return to winning ways this past weekend with a 18-4 victory over Huddersfield.

The Red Devils have won their last two league fixtures, which included an excellent 26-16 home win against Castleford Tigers last time out, with Jackson Hastings at his inspirational best. Salford will be out for revenge against Wigan and know a win could move them into fourth in the table as well as moving them two points clear of the Warriors. Salford are enjoying an excellent season under the guidance of head coach Ian Watson, who this week was named as an assistant coach to Wayne Bennett for the return of the Great Britain Lions tour this autumn.