Warrington Wolves Preview

Warrington Wolves Preview

Everything you need to know for Friday night’s Betfred Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors host Warrington Wolves in Round 26 of the Betfred Super League on Friday night.

In what will be the fourth meeting between the sides in 2019, it is the first outing at the DW Stadium, as fourth placed Wigan have the chance to move on to 30 points - the same as second place Warrington.

However, the Wolves have won all three games against the Cherry and Whites this campaign, after playing them at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on two occasions (one in Super League and one in the Coral Challenge Cup) and once at Anfield as part of the Dacia Magic Weekend.

A win for the Warriors would see them go joint-second in the league standings, but an away victory would cement the Wolves’ place behind leaders St Helens.

DW Stadium.

Adrian Lam’s side have won eight of their last nine league games, following last week’s 36-18 triumph over Hull KR.

By contrast, Friday’s opponents Warrington have struggled in recent weeks, having only won one of their last five games.

Can Wigan continue their momentum and stop the rot against the Wire this season or will Warrington get back to winning ways and make it four from four against the Warriors?

It’s business time. It’s an intense rivalry. It’s Warriors vs Wolves.

Team News

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Adrian Lam highlighted that prop forward Ben Flower, who made his return from a back injury last week, looks set for another spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

He said: “He’s out with a meniscus issue, he needs an arthroscopy so that will be him out for between four and six weeks.”

The Head Coach also highlighted that winger Joe Burgess will face a late fitness test ahead of Friday’s game.

“On top of that, Joe (Burgess) has a pectoral issue. He’s doubtful. We will give him until the captain’s run to see if he’s ok.”

Skipper Sean O’Loughlin remains on the comeback trail from a pectoral injury that has kept him out since Wigan’s win over Hull FC on 1st August. The 36-year-old is expected to return to action before the end of the 2019 season.

Dom Manfredi (knee) and Tom Davies (ankle) remain Wigan’s only long-term injuries.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

Warrington currently sit in second place in the Betfred Super League table with 15 wins from 25 games in 2019.

The Wolves have also reached the Coral Challenge Cup Final, where they will play St Helens at Wembley Stadium, next Saturday after beating Hull FC in the semi-final stage in July.

However, the Wire are winless in their four league games and the pressure is mounting for them to sustain second spot.

Since taking over as Warrington boss in 2018, Steve Price has a winning percentage of 63% with 37 victories from 59 games.

In team news, six players return for the Wolves who missed out on last week’s loss to St Helens.

Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Matt Cooper, Tom Lineham, Declan Patton and Joe Philbin all come back in to the squad.

Josh Thewlis, Riley Dean, Luther Burrell, Luis Johnson, Pat Moran and Danny Walker all drop out.

Meanwhile, Blake Austin and former Wigan players Jack Hughes and Josh Charnley remain sidelined through injury.

Here is Warrington’s 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

After the last time the two sides met, at Anfield as part of the Dacia Magic Weekend, in early June, second place Warrington were 14 points ahead of seventh placed Wigan in the Betfred Super League table.

On Friday, if the Warriors were to be victorious over the Wire, both sides would sit on 30 points and joint second in the league standings.

Previous Meetings

Overall in Super League, the history books lie with the Warriors…

Three of those wins for the Warriors have come in the 2013, 2016 and 2018 Super League Grand Finals.

However, Warrington have won six of the last ten meetings with Wigan, including three this season.

The previous meeting at the DW Stadium between the two sides resulted in a dramatic climax…

The last time the Wolves were victorious on Wigan’s home turf was in July 2017.

Last ten meetings:

  • Warrington 26, Wigan 14 (SLR16, 25/5/19 at Anfield, Liverpool)
  • Warrington 26, Wigan 24 (CCR6, 12/5/19)
  • Warrington 25, Wigan 12 (SLR6, 15/3/19)
  • Warrington 4, Wigan 12 (SLGF, 13/10/18 at Old Trafford, Manchester)
  • Wigan 26, Warrington 6 (SLS8-R5, 14/9/18)
  • Wigan 13, Warrington 12 (SLR20, 6/7/18)
  • Warrington 23, Wigan 0 (CCQF, 2/6/18)
  • Warrington 10, Wigan 38 (SLR15, 19/5/18 at St James’ Park, Newcastle)
  • Warrington 16, Wigan 10 (SLR3, 23/2/18)
  • Wigan 10, Warrington 16 (SLR22, 13/7/17)

Form Guide

Wigan’s last five games (Super League):

  • Wigan Warriors 52-10 Hull KR, SLR21, DW Stadium, 5th July 2019
  • St Helens 32-10 Wigan Warriors, SLR22, Totally Wicked Stadium, 12th July 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 46-16 Wakefield Trinity, SLR23, DW Stadium, 18th July 2019
  • Hull FC 14-15 Wigan Warriors, SLR24, KCOM Stadium, 1st August 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 36-18 Hull KR, SLR25, DW Stadium, 9th August 2019

Warrington’s last five games (all competitions):

  • Warrington Wolves 12-22 Salford Red Devils, SLR22, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 12th July 2019
  • Castleford Tigers 27-18 Warrington Wolves, SLR23, Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 21st July 2019
  • Warrington Wolves 22-14 Hull FC, CCSF, University of Bolton Stadium, 27th July 2019
  • Catalans Dragons 30-10 Warrington Wolves, SLR24, Stade Gilbert Brutus, 3rd August 2019
  • Warrington Wolves 12-30 St Helens, SLR25, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 8th August 2019

Coach Quotes

In Tuesday’s press conference, Wigan boss Adrian Lam outlined how important the fixture is for his side.

“With it being the first game from four against them at home, we need to make a statement. With regards to the overall season, it would be a nice way to get a bit more confidence because we’ve worked really hard to get here. Beating Warrington on Friday night would just take our confidence to the next level.”

On Wigan’s good form, Lam said: “I’m just pleased the team is playing with confidence and we are striving to be better every week. I still don’t think other supporters and teams out there think that we are the real deal, but that’s ok. We’ve still got a fair way to go with our improvement, but I know with the experience we’ve got here and the big game players, we can get there in good shape. It’s exciting times ahead.”

On Steve Price’s side, Lam commented: “We’re not really worried with what they’re going through. We’ve had a couple of close wins ourselves and a couple where we didn’t play too well, like against St Helens.”

Despite a Challenge Cup Final on the horizon for Warrington, Wigan’s Head Coach explained he doesn’t expect the opposition to rest key players for Friday’s game.

“We feel that they will play their strongest team and we hope they do. I think that will be their mentality.”

Click HERE to read Lam’s full match preview.

Match Officials

The man in the middle on Friday night is Ben Thaler. His Touch Judges are Dean Bowmer and Jack Smith. The Video Referee is Chris Kendall.

Ben Thaler.

Tickets

Ticket prices

Tickets are available from the below prices.

  • Adults - £23
  • Over 60s - £17
  • 16-21s - £16
  • Juniors - £10
  • Under 5s go free

Membership holders can get a reduced price on their match ticket. For more information, please visit our Matchday tickets page HERE.

Buy Tickets

To purchase your tickets, you can visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office, call 01942 311111 or use our new ticketing website – https://wigan-warriors.talent-sport.co.uk/

If you have any issues with the new ticketing website, please click HERE.

Pay on the gate will be available on matchday on the East and South Stands. Fans wanting to buy tickets for the West Stand must go to the General Ticket Office.

Travel

Whether you’re arriving by train, plane or automobile, you can find all of the information on how to reach the DW Stadium HERE.

Need a lift to the game? Jump on one of our Club supporters buses. We run three routes to our 2019 home games, find the nearest stop in the images below.

Pre-Match Entertainment

The Fan Village returns this Friday and it is the perfect place to soak up the pre-match atmosphere.

Join fellow Cherry and White supporters of young and old at the Robin Park Arena to enjoy entertainment, great food and drink, player appearances, rugby games and activities and more!

The Fan Village takes place at the Robin Park Arena, adjacent to the DW Stadium.

Wigan’s very own Della Noirs will be providing pre-match music entertainment for Friday’s fixture.

Forming in Wigan in 2018, Della Noirs started as a three piece alternative outfit. Now a four piece band with Michael Bishop (Lead vocals and Guitar), Lewis Bolton (Drums) and Charlie Sherliker (Bass Guitar) and Tom Birchall (Lead Guitar), they have performed in Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester, following the release of their single ‘Tiptoe’.

How to Follow

You can follow every piece of the action on our social media channels and website.

Wigan TV

Highlights will be on Wigan TV within two hours after the game and extended highlights 24 hours later. There will also be post-match interviews available, giving Warriors fans comprehensive coverage that you’ll not find anywhere else.

Sign up to today by clicking HERE.

Other Fixtures

Thursday 15th August:

  • Leeds Rhinos 20-36 St Helens

Saturday 17th August:

  • Catalans Dragons vs London Broncos (5pm)
  • Hull FC vs Salford Red Devils (5pm)

Sunday 18th August:

  • Huddersfield Giants vs Castleford Tigers (3pm)
  • Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity (3pm)

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