Salford Red Devils Match Preview

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13th June 2018

Widnes Vikings travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday evening to take on the Salford Red Devils, hoping to climb off the foot of the Betfred Super League table and keep their top eight chances alive.

The Vikings won the reverse fixture earlier in the season, claiming a 24-16 win at the Halton Stadium in front of the sky cameras, and will want to repeat the success.

With just two places separating ourselves and the Red Devils in the league standings and the Vikings looking to record a Super League double over Ian Watson’s side, this promises to be an exciting matchup. 

We have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of the big clash.

 

Tickets

Tickets for the trip to face the Red Devils are available from us until 2pm on Thursday afternoon. Click here for full ticket details…

 

Squad news

Francis Cummins has made three changes to the Vikings side that took on Catalans Dragons in France last weekend. Chris Houston and Alex Gerrard look set to return from their spells on the sideline with injury after being named in the squad, whilst Dan Norman makes his first appearance in a 19-man squad in 2018. MacGraff Leuluai, Sam Wilde and Brad Walker are replaced. 

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Patrick Ah Van, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Owen Farnworth, Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore, Rhys Hanbury, Weller Hauraki, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Dan Norman, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Matt Whitley.

Ian Watson has also made three changes to the Red Devils side, following last week’s defeat to Hull FC in the Betfred Super League. Josh Jones, Mark Flanagan and Lee Mossop are out of the squad, with Gavin Bennion, Ed Chamberlain and Greg Burke coming in.

Salford Red Devils 19-man squad: Greg Johnson, Kris Welham, Junior Sa’u, Robert Lui, Jack Littlejohn, Craig Kopczak, Logan Tomkins, George Griffin, Lama Tasi, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood, Derrell Olpherts, Jake Bibby, Daniel Murray, Gavin Bennion, Jake Shorrocks, Ed Chamberlain, Greg Burke.

 

Form

Thursday’s game pits together two sides that are struggling for form, and will be wanting to eradicate this with a win to hopefully turn their fortune in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Interim Head Coach Francis Cummins took charge of the Vikings for the first time in the south of France, producing a spirited display despite going down in defeat. Cummins has challenge his troops this week to produce a better performance against Ian Watson’s side on Thursday night.

However, the Red Devils are in a similar boat in that they are desperate for the two points after a tough few weeks. Salford are without a win in six, and will be looking to get back to winning ways on home soil on Thursday night. 

Widnes Vikings:  WLLLLLL                           Salford Red Devils: WLLLLLL

 

Head to Head - LAST 8 MEETINGS

22nd March 2018: Widnes Vikings win 24-16 at Halton Stadium

30th April 2017: Salford Red Devils win 30-10 at A J Bell Stadium, Salford

24th March 2017: Salford Red Devils win 46-10 at Halton Stadium

15th July 2016: Salford Red Devils win 32-24 at Halton Stadium

21st May 2016: Salford Red Devils win 18-12 at St James' Park, Newcastle

21st February 2016: Salford Red Devils win 28-20 at A J Bell Stadium, Salford

20th September 2015: Salford Red Devils win 24-10 at Halton Stadium

26th July 2015: Widnes Vikings win 21-20 at Halton Stadium

 

Milestones

Patrick Ah Van               2 tries will take Patrick to 100 tries in the British game

Danny Craven                1 goal will take Danny to a career total of 50 '2-pointers'

Tom Gilmore                  3 points will take Tom to 200 career points

Rhys Hanbury                150th SL appearance for Widnes

Aaron Heremaia             5 points will take Aaron to 300 career points in both hemispheres

Tom Olbison                   2 tries will take Tom to 100 career points

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