Wigan Warriors travel to face Widnes Vikings this evening, after a two week break since their draw over Hull KR last time out. Shaun Wane will be looking for the win as his side look to maintain their push for top spot in the First Utility Super League table. Eigth placed Widnes need the two points just as much however as they look to keep their play off spot intact.
The teams have met 15 times in the Super League, with the Warriors coming out on top on 12 occasions with Widnes taking the other three. Wigan have scored 546 points against the Vikings in those games, conceeding just 261.
Friday's game will be the second meeting between the two sides this season, after Josh Charnley's five tries helped Wigan demolish the Vikings 48-4 at the DW Stadium back in June.
The Warriors include Michael McIlorum and Iain Thornley in their squad. Hooker McIlorum has been absent since breaking his arm in the home fixture against the Vikings in June, whilst Thornley has been out since the 33-14 Good Friday win over St Helens.
Widnes Coach Denis Betts makes two changes to his squad which faced Huddersfield Giants last time out, with former Warrior Cameron Phelps and Alex Gerrard replacing Paul Johnson and Jack Owens.
Wigan Warriors: John Bateman, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Jamie Doran, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling, Blake Green, Jack Hughes, Jordan James, Dom Manfredi, Michael McIlorum, Sean O'Loughlin, Eddy Pettybourne, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley
Widnes Vikings: Patrick Ah Van, Dave Allen, Kevin Brown, Hep Cahill, Liam Carberry, Jon Clarke, Chris Dean, Paddy Flynn, Danny Galea, Alex Gerrard, Rhys Hanbury, Phil Joseph, Macgraff Leuluai, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Eamon O'Carroll, Cameron Phelps, Danny Tickle, Lloyd White
Last five meetings
18/06/2014 Wigan Warriors 48-4 Widnes Vikings DW Stadium, 11,638
15/07/2013 Wigan Warriors 48-4 Widnes Vikings DW Stadium, 6,327
07/06/2013 Widnes Vikings 32-33 Wigan Warriors, Select Security Stadium, 6528
23/03/2013 Wigan Warriors 62-4 Widnes Vikings DW Stadium, 11,904
25/06/2012 Wigan Warriors 54-12 Widnes Vikings DW Stadium, 13,445
Last five games - Wigan (WWLWD)
Thu 14th Aug Hull Kingston Rovers (a), drew 14-14
Thu 31st July Salford Red Devils (h), won 45-4
Sun 27th July Bradford Bulls (a), lost 16-8
Fri 18th July Hull FC (h), won 56-10
Sat 12th July Catalan Dragons (a), won 16-37
Last five games - Widnes Vikings (WLWLL)
Sun 17th Aug Huddersfield Giants (a), lost 28-14
Sun 10th Aug Castleford Tigers (n), lost 6-28
Sun 3rd Aug Hull Kingston Rovers (h), won 28-10
Fri 25th July St Helens (a), lost 44-22
Fri 18th July Warrington Wolves (h), won 28-14
Random stats (Super League only)
- Matty Smith has made 25 try assists this season (third highest in SL), Kevin Brown has made 21 (fourth highest in SL).
- Wigan are the top try scorers in the league with 141, Widnes have 99 to their name.
- Wigan Warriors have the highest amount of tackle breaks in the Super League with 796, whilst the Vikings are third bottom with 503.
- The Warriors make an average of 7.04 metres gained per set, whilst the Vikings make an average of 6.72.
- Rhys Hanbury has made 24 clean breaks this season and is joint top of the standings alongside Wigan's Joe Burgess.
Try scorers this season (Super League only)
Wigan Widnes Vikings
Josh Charnley 16 Rhys Hanbury 15
Joe Burgess 14 Paddy Flynn 13
Liam Farrell 12 Kevin Brown 12
Goals (Super League only)
Matty Smith (Wigan) 89
Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 68