Salford Red Devils Preview

Salford Red Devils Preview

Everything you need to know for Friday’s Betfred Super League Play-Off Qualifier Game against Salford Red Devils.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors host Salford Red Devils at the DW Stadium in the Betfred Super League Play-Off Qualifier Game.

The reigning Betfred Super League Champions, who finished the regular season in second spot, will welcome Ian Watson’s outfit on Friday night with the winner set to travel to St Helens next weekend in Semi-Final 1.

Adrian Lam’s side have won seven games on the bounce and 12 of their last 13 in the league. However, Friday’s opposition have been the surprise package of 2019 and are currently on an eight-match winning streak, after they beat Hull KR last time out to finish third in the table.

This will be the fourth meeting between the teams this season, after Wigan have triumphant in all three with two victories at the AJ Bell Stadium in March and April and a 28-12 home win in June.

DW Stadium.

Momentum is within both camps as Super League’s two most in-form teams go head-to-head at the DW Stadium on Friday evening.

Will the Warriors continue their impressive form and make it 10 consecutive home wins or can the Red Devils defy the odds again and get closer to Old Trafford?

The quest to Old Trafford begins now for both Wigan and Salford, with two wins separating both sides from the Theatre of Dreams.

It’s time to #OwnTheMoment in the Betfred Super League Play-Offs.

Team News

Second-row Liam Farrell returns to the 19-man squad after serving his one-match suspension. However, forward Ollie Partington misses out this week after receiving a one-match ban for a Grade A offence (strike with arm) vs Castleford last week.

Farrell is three games off 250 for the Warriors.

Speaking earlier this week, Adrian Lam provided an update on the condition of centre Dan Sarginson, who left the field early in last Friday’s game.

“We replaced him last week as a precautionary one regarding his hamstring. At the moment he is 50/50.”

Sarginson has been included in the 19-man squad to face Salford.

Liam Marshall, who hasn’t played since bagging a hat-trick vs Wakefield two weeks ago due to a hamstring injury, returns to the squad this week.

Marshall is Wigan’s top try scorer so far this season with 16 in 21 games.

Lam also provided updates on prop-forward Joe Bullock and half-back Jarrod Sammut who have been missing since St Helens away (12th July) and Warrington Wolves at home (16th August) respectively.

“Joe Bullock is still two or three weeks away. Jarrod Sammut will start training this week but is still two weeks away.”

Half-back Jake Shorrocks remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Tom Davies (ankle) and Dom Manfredi (knee) remains Wigan’s long-term injuries.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

It’s fair to say Salford Red Devils have shocked most people in Super League this season after Head Coach Ian Watson guided his side to a third place finish - eight places higher than their regular season finish in 2018.

Salford won 17 of their 29 games this season and finished just two points behind second placed Wigan in the Betfred Super League standings.

Since 2015, Watson has won 67 of his 138 games in charge for Salford.

A third-place finish saw them rewarded with a Play-Off Qualifier, with just two victories separating themselves and a first ever Super League Grand Final.

In team news for this week’s huge encounter with the Warriors, Gil Dudson, Mark Flanagan and Tyrone McCarthy return to the squad to replace Ben Nakubuwai, Adam Lawton and Josh Johnson.

Here is Salford’s 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

The game vs Salford in the Play-Offs on Friday will be Wigan’s 709th in both Super League and Play Off matches since the introduction of Super League in 1996 and the introduction of the Play-Offs in 1998.

It will also be Wigan’s 51st Play-Off game since the introduction of the format.

Joe Greenwood has scored tries in the Warriors’ last three meetings with Salford (1-2-1).

The second row is 10/1 with Super League sponsors Betfred to score more than one try on Friday night.

You can place a bet by clicking on THIS LINK and then clicking ‘Pick Your Punt - Bet Requests (please gamble responsibly).

Greenwood has scored seven tries in 20 appearances for Wigan this year.

Click HERE to read Greenwood’s latest blog in the feature ‘Joe Blogs’.

Previous Meetings

Overall in Super League, the Cherry and Whites have the advantage over the Red Devils…

Wigan have won the last seven meetings with Salford and nine of their last ten against the Red Devils.

The Warriors are set to host Salford for the second time in 2019 after beating them back in June 28-12.

The Play-Off tie will be the fourth time the two sides have met this season, with Wigan winning all three.

Last ten meetings:

  • Wigan 28, Salford 12 (SLR20, 28/6/19)
  • Salford 26, Wigan 30 (SLR12, 22/4/19)
  • Salford 22, Wigan 30 (SLR7, 24/3/19)
  • Wigan 30, Salford 0 (SLR14, 4/5/18)
  • Salford 12, Wigan 40 (SLR1, 2/2/18)
  • Wigan 42, Salford 6 (SLS8-R3, 18/8/17)
  • Salford 14, Wigan 27 (CCSF, 30/7/17 at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)
  • Wigan 16, Salford 31 (SLR13, 5/5/17)
  • Salford 16, Wigan 26 (SLR1, 11/2/17)
  • Salford 20, Wigan 23 (SLR17, 3/6/16)

Form Guide

Wigan’s last five games (Betfred Super League):

  • Wigan 36-18 Hull KR, SLR25, DW Stadium, 9th August 2019
  • Wigan 20-6 Warrington, SLR26, DW Stadium, 16th August 2019
  • Wakefield 16-24 Wigan, SLR27, Mobile Rocket Stadium, 1st September 2019
  • Wigan 46-12 Catalans Dragons, SLR28, DW Stadium, 6th September 2019
  • Wigan 26-8 Castleford Tigers, SLR29, DW Stadium, 12th September 2019

Salford’s last five games (Betfred Super League):

  • Salford Red Devils 32-12 Huddersfield Giants, SLR25, AJ Bell Stadium, 11th August 2019
  • Hull FC 22-44 Salford Red Devils, SLR26, KCOM Stadium, 17th August 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 22-6 Warrington Wolves, SLR27, 29th August 2019
  • Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Salford Red Devils, SLR28, 6th September 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 17-16 Hull KR, SLR29, 13th September 2019

The Stats

Tony Clubb needs one appearance to reach 300 for his career. The prop forward has played 141 games for Wigan (2014-2019), 154 for London Broncos/Harlequins (2006-2013), one for London Skolars (2008, loan) and three for England (2008-2010).

Clubb has made 22 appearances for Wigan this season, scoring three tries.

Coach Quotes

Head Coach Adrian Lam has challenged his players to improve further as they prepare for Friday’s crucial Play-Off clash.

Speaking at the Betfred Super League Play-Off Launch Event at Old Trafford on Monday, Lam reflected on his first season in charge of the Cherry and Whites.

“It’s absolutely flown by. What we wanted at the start of the season has taken a while to get there, but it has been a great experience so far.

“It’s been hard work to finish second but on Thursday night (against Castleford Tigers) we found ourselves four points clear in second spot, which was like ‘what the heck, how’d that happen?’”

Lam at the Play-Off Launch Event at Old Trafford on Monday.

On how his side have worked through trickier periods of the season, he commented: “I’ve learned a lot of lessons as coach, about sticking to what our original philosophy was and not changing what we were doing. It’s now the most important time of the season to get things right.

“I said to our squad that massive credit goes to them because of the hard work that they’ve put in. We’ve got players who have been here before such as (Sean) O’Loughlin, (Ben) Flower and (Liam) Farrell, who will be back this week - they will certainly boost the team.”

Wigan will come up against Ian Watson’s Salford for the fourth time this season when they visit the DW Stadium on Friday night. On his opponents’ season, Lam said: “They’ve been really good, credit to them for finishing in third spot.

Betfred Super League 2019 Play-Off launch at Old Trafford.

“They’ve worked really hard to finish ahead of Warrington and they’ve had eight wins in a row. This is going to be a tough game. If we don’t work hard to get it right then we will be disappointed. We’ve got to make sure our attitude is great and make sure we’re not complacent.”

The boss also praised half-back Jackson Hastings, who has been instrumental for Salford this season.

“Jackson has played a massive part in them being successful. His leadership has certainly helped them control each game and with great individual players outside of him who can test any defence around the park.”

In the Play-Off system, every game matters, be it for semi-final placing or to stay in the race for the Grand Final. In the high-stake rugby to come, Lam explained that he had issued his players with targets in this crucial week, where the winner will travel to St Helens for a place at Old Trafford.

“I’m looking forward to the players taking on that challenge and I’m also hoping there’s a big crowd at home to support us.

“It could be our final home game of the season if we play our cards right. It could also be the last time to see the likes of George Williams and Dan Sarginson at the DW Stadium. I know the fans are going to get behind us massively. We would like to see as many in their Cherry and White on Friday as we can.”

Match Officials

The man in the middle on Friday night will be Robert Hicks. His Touch Judges are Marcus Griffiths and Richard Thompson, while the Video Referee is James Child.

Robert Hicks.

Tickets

Tickets for the biggest game of the season at the DW Stadium are on general sale now. Don’t miss the chance to watch the Warriors as the battle for Old Trafford intensifies!

This is NOT a season ticket game, although season ticket and membership holders are eligible for a special £5.00 discount on tickets purchased before 5pm Thursday 19th September.

Tickets are priced from:

  • Adults - £23

  • Over 60s - £17

  • 16-21s - £16

  • Juniors - £10

  • Under 5s go free

For more information on ticket prices and to buy your tickets online, click [HERE] or call the DW Stadium ticket office hotline on 01942 311111.

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS, once you’ve logged into your online ticket account, you will find a ticket already prepared in your basket. To book your place at the DW Stadium, simply log in and head to your basket.

Pay on the gate will also 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. Please note: we advise fans who are planning to pay on the day to arrive at the DW Stadium in plenty of time for kick-off as queues are expected.

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.

For more information on our matchday bus service, click HERE.

Pre-Match Entertainment

Wigan Warriors’ Under-19s side face local rivals St Helens in the Academy Super League Grand Final prior to the first team game at the DW Stadium.

The final kicks off at 5:30pm and fans who have purchased tickets for the Play-Off Qualifier can watch the Under-19s for free.

Head down early to see if the young Warriors can make it three consecutive Academy Grand Final wins.

Wigan’s Under-19s finished top of the Academy Super League and beat Warrington Wolves last Saturday to reach their fifth consecutive Grand Final appearance.

Click HERE to read the match preview.

Ahead of Friday’s game, singer/songwriter and guitarist Stewart Mac will provide pre-match entertainment in the North Stand.

London-born Stewart has released three albums and toured all over the world, while his winning rave reviews for his live shows, both with his full band and as an acoustic duo, has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s best kept Rock secrets.

Highlights of his live work include opening for Bon Jovi on their Lost Highway World Tour at Twickenham Stadium in London, playing the Hard Rock Calling Festival alongside Bruce Springsteen in London, as well as festival appearances alongside the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Manic Street Preachers.

NOTE TO FANS, there will be NO Fan Village at Robin Park Arena this Friday ahead of the game. There will also be NO Max’s Club in the North Stand prior to kick-off. For fans who like to get down to the DW Stadium early, there is, of course, the Under-19s Grand Final to enjoy.

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