Wigan Warriors (@1.5) vs Salford Red Devils (@3.0)
05-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Wigan Warriors will win

Wigan Warriors – Salford Red Devils Match Prediction | 05-10-2019 14:45

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. 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. 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.

The Warriors beat Salford on the opening weekend of the season at the AJ Bell Stadium racing into a 20-0 lead at half-time with tries from Joe Burgess, George Williams, Joel Tomkins and an Oliver Gildart brace. The Red Devils attempted to fight back with tries from Kriss Brining, Junior Sau and Michael Dobson but they left themselves with too much to do.

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As a neutral it would be great for a smaller club such as Salford to make it through to the Grand Final and with many of their players leaving come the end of the season, this could be their last chance for some time but in a match such as this, experience often counts and that is where the Warriors have the edge.

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.

They now face a Salford side full of confidence with the Red Devils hoping they can overturn the result when they met two weeks ago. Wigan will have to pick themselves up off the canvas after they were brutally defeated by St. Wigan have won the last eight competitive games when playing Salford and have also won their last eight games on home soil which should see them come out on top but the Red Devils are also capable of causing an upset. Helens last week.

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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.

If that is to be the case, Wigan will take some beating having conceded an average of just 10.5 points in their last four games and they have also won their last seven matches at the DW Stadium. The two form teams in Super League go head-to-head for the right to meet St. Helens next week. It will not be the end of the road for the loser but a win would put them on the right path to the Grand Final and with so much at stake, a low-scoring game could be on the cards with defences on top.

If he brings his A game to the DW Stadium on Friday night, he will be difficult to stop. 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.

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Everyone is buying into the way we want to defend, which is a little different to last year. 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.

Luis departure could impact the fluidity of Salfords play and with Wigan returning to their best form in recent weeks, the Warriors could edge out the Red Devils for the third time this season. This is a tough game to predict, given the closeness of the previous two meetings between the sides this season. Level on points in the table and with both sides having won their recent fixtures, it should be a cracker at the DW Stadium on Friday night. Wigan to win by seven points.

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 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. 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.

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Shaun Wane said midweek he was equally impressed with Powell and McIlorum in their victory over Huddersfield so it will be interesting to see which of the pair begins the game and which is used as an impact interchange. Powell returned for the Warriors last weekend after being given a one-game suspension for a tackle on Red Devil Lama Tasi in last months Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat.