Wigan face Castleford the second time this month as they look to extend a good run that has seen them move within a point of the Tigers at the top of the table.
Following defeats to Hull, Leeds and Cas the Warriors dropped to sixth in the standings however consecutive wins over St Helens, Wakefield and Catalans has seen them move within a point of Leeds and Cas who currently share top spot going into Round 12.
This game will be the 50th meeting between the teams in the summer era with the teams facing each other 41 times in Super League, twice in the Super 8s, three times in the play-offs and three times in the Challenge Cup.
Overall Wigan hold the advantage having won 33 games, drawing three and losing 13.
Last ten meetings
Wigan 10, Castleford 27 (SL 2017)
Castleford 36, Wigan 22 (Super 8s 2016)
Wigan 26, Castleford 12 (Challenge Cup 2016)
Castleford 26, Wigan 33 (SL 2016)
Wigan 26, Castleford 12 (SL 2016)
Wigan 47, Castleford 12 (Super 8s 2015)
Wigan 28, Castleford 0 (SL 2015)
Castleford 42, Wigan 14 (SL 2015)
Wigan 46, Castleford 6 (SL 2014)
Wigan 4, Castleford 16 (Challenge Cup 2014)
Super League summary
Castleford won 12 (includes win in 1999 play-offs)
Wigan won 31 (includes wins in 2002 and 2009 play-offs)
Castleford highest score: 42-14 (H, 2015) (also widest margin)
Wigan highest score: 54-12 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 54-12, H, 2001; 46-4, A, 2012)
Joel Tomkins and Anthony Gelling return from injury and suspension respectively to replace youngsters Joe Bretherton and Liam Forsyth in the Wigan squad. Youngster Josh Ganson could also debut this week with Wigan shuffling the side about owing to the loss of Tommy Leuluai (broken jaw).
Daryl Powell makes just one change to the Cas team that lost to Hull last week with Matt Cook coming in for Andy Lynch.
Tigers: Chase, Cook, Eden, Gale, Hardaker, Holmes, Massey, McShane, McMeeken, Millington, Minikin, Milner, Monaghan, Moors, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Springer, Shenton & Webster.
Warriors: Burgess, Davies, Escaré, L Farrell, Flower, Ganson, Gelling, Gregson, Isa, Marshall, Mcilorum, Navarrete, Nuuausala, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, J Tomkins & Williams.
Referee: Robert Hicks
Tickets remain on sale from the DW Stadium Ticket Office until 4:30pm on Friday evening.
Prices are as follows:
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Please note that matchday admission costs £2 more when compared to buying tickets in advance.
Supporters wishing to purchase wheelchair disabled tickets, disabled parking or reserved seating tickets can be purchased directly through Castleford Tigers on 01977 552 674.
Should Josh Ganson make his debut then he will take heritage number 1079.
Liam Marshall (2-1-1) has scored in Wigan’s last three games whilst Ben Roberts (1-2-2) has scored in Castleford’s last three games.
Betfred Super League Standings
Betfred Super League Leading Scorers
1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 14
2 Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 10 & Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 9
4 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 9 & Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 9
6 Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos) 8 & Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 8
Six players on seven tries including Joe Burgess
1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 55
2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 50
3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 45
4 Morgan Escaré (Wigan Warriors) 30
5 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 28, Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 28 & Mark Percival (St Helens) 28
1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 148
2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 112
3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 97
4 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 77, & Morgan Escaré (Wigan Warriors) 77
6 Mark Percival (St Helens) 76
Betfred Super League Fixtures/Results
Thursday April 27
Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants 8.00
Friday April 28
Hull FC v Warrington Wolves 8.00
St Helens v Leigh Centurion 8.00
Saturday April 29
Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors 7.00
Sunday April 30
Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings 3.00
Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons 3.00
Saturday April 29
Warrington Wolves Under-19s v Wigan Warriors Under-19s 12.30 at Victoria Park, Warrington – LIVE on Wigan TV
City of Hull Academy Under-16s v Wigan Warriors Under-16s 12.00 at Bishop Burton College, Hull