Warrington Wolves (@3.25) vs St Helens (@1.36)

Our Prediction:

St Helens will win

Warrington Wolves – St Helens Match Prediction | 21-08-2019

The Saints will need to be wary of the wounded Wolves, but the return of Smith probably just tilts the tip in their favour, after they put on a 5 tries to 4 win against the Dragons. Warrington looked as though they might have had some cause for optimism in stages, a fortnight ago against Wigan, but last week they were awful against Leigh, scoring just 1 late try in the 70th minute, to Leighs 4.

They have named a weakened squad this week as they look to manage their personnel ahead of the Challenge Cup final and that should allow Saints to pick up yet another win. Warrington will have to pick themselves up after they handed the League Leaders' Shield to St. They are far from secure in second place and another loss here would really place the pressure on them. Helens following their loss to Catalans last week.

With the length of the season and how much rugby has been played we thought it best to go over for a few days, get the boys together in the sunshine and spend a bit of time around each other. We normally go the morning of (the game) and return straight after. In our last game there we came unstuck after an early start; credit to Catalans they showed a lot of grit that day. Steve Price | We are chasing that top-two spot so will be doing our best to go out there and give it a good crack.

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MATCH PREVIEW | Warrington Wolves vs St Helens

St Helens managed to sneak a 4-point win against the embattled Dragons, last weekend and gain a much needed 2 premiership points, in what was just their 2nd win of the year. In a major boost also, at the worst possible time for Warrington, playmaker Matty Smith is set to return for the Saints, as they look to string together consecutive victories, and march up the ladder, to gain a respectable position.

Steve Price has made eight changes to his side from last weeks defeat against Catalan. They are Blake Austin (ankle injury), Jack Hughes (injury), Tom Lineham (suspension), Daryl and Jason Clark, Dec Patton, Mike Cooper and Joe Philbin. Replacing them are Riley Dean, Josh Thewlis, Ben Westwood, Danny Walker, Lama Tasi, Luis Johnson and Pat Moran. However, New signing Matty Smith could be in line to make his Wolves debut, after his signing was announced on Tuesday night.

Neither team is firming for favouritism in this years competition, with plenty of work to be done for either side, even to feature in the Finals, and avoid the promotion/relegation stages. Warrington have lost their first 5 matches, with their only success coming against Brisbane in the World Club Challenge match, while St Helens had 3 losses straight before their win last weekend against the ordinary Wakefield.

With the two best sides in the league, this could be the game of the season, a possible Grand Final rehearsal, and with the chance of both teams meeting at Wembley, we could see this fixture at least twice more this year. This match is just too close to call. I feel that the Wire will win this match in golden point by a drop goal.

For St Helens is Kevin Naiqama. The Fijian international joined Justin Hollbrooks side this year and had an instant impact when he scored on debut. Since then, he has scored 11 tries and has six Man of Steel points. He is one of the fastest players on the park so the Wire will need to make sure he doesnt break through the line.