Salford Red Devils Preview

Salford Red Devils Preview

Everything you need to know for Monday’s trip to Salford Red Devils.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on Easter Monday to face Salford Red Devils.

The two sides last met four weeks ago, as Wigan came out on top with a 30-22 victory on Salford’s home turf.

Adrian Lam’s side go into the game off the back of a Good Friday Derby defeat to St Helens, but a win would see the Warriors climb to 8th in the Betfred Super League.

Two points for the Red Devils would see them move up to 5th and Ian Watson’s team will be high in confidence following their impressive 12-36 triumph away to Warrington Wolves three days ago.

The AJ Bell Stadium.

Can Salford continue where they left off against Warrington or will Wigan put Derby disappointment behind them?

Team News

Academy half-back Harry Smith and hooker Amir Bourouh are both named in a Wigan 19-man squad for the first time.

Harry Smith (left) in action whilst on loan at Swinton Lions and Amir Bourouh (right) playing for Wigan’s Under-19s team.

Jake Shorrocks is declared fit after being removed from the Good Friday Derby against St Helens on a stretcher with a head injury.

Winger Liam Marshall returns to the 19-man squad for the first time since picking up a knee injury against Huddersfield in March.

Tom Davies was removed from the field during the Good Friday Derby after dislocating and breaking his ankle. Long-term absentees Tony Clubb, Dom Manfredi, Jarrod Sammut and Liam Farrell remain on the comeback trail.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

Salford have had an impressive start to the 2019 season, as they have five wins from their opening 11 games.

Ian Watson’s side currently sit 7th in the Betfred Super League table, but are just four points off the top four.

Stand-out wins so far for Salford include the 0-46 thrashing away at Catalans Dragons and the outstanding 12-36 success at Warrington Wolves on Good Friday.

Ian Watson.

In terms of team news, Watson has named an unchanged squad following the victory over Warrington.

Here is Salford’s 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

George Williams has scored in every game since bagging a hat-trick against Salford on 24 March 2019.

The England international stand-off touch down for a try against Catalans Dragons, Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity and St Helens.

Including and since the Salford game, Wigan’s left edge attack consisting of Joe Burgess, Oliver Gildart and Williams has scored 18 tries, including three hat-tricks (two for Burgess and one for Williams).

Previous Meetings

Wigan have won their last four away meetings with Salford, including the 30-22 victory four weeks ago. The Red Devils’ last home victory against the Warriors was a 24-18 Easter Monday win in April 2015.

The Warriors have won nine of the past ten meetings with Salford, including the last four in the Super League.

Salford’s last triumph against Wigan came at the DW Stadium in May 2017, as the visitors took a 16-31 win.

Overall in Super League, Salford have won six games, whilst Wigan have 39 victories to their name. Over the past ten years in league and cup, the two sides have met 24 times, with the Warriors taking 22 wins.

Joe Burgess celebrates after his try against Salford in the Round 1 16-26 win.

The Stats

Joe Bullock needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career.

The 26-year-old prop has played 12 times for Wigan (2019), 124 for Barrow Raiders (2014-2018), seven for Leigh Centurions (2013) and six for South Wales Scorpions (2012-2013).

Form Guide

Salford’s last six games:

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  • Catalans Dragons 0-46 Salford Red Devils, Stade Gilbert Brutus, 9 March 2019
  • Castleford Tigers 24-20 Salford Red Devils, The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 17 March 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 22-30 Wigan Warriors, The AJ Bell Stadium, 24 March 2019
  • Wakefield Trinity 33-22 Salford Red Devils, The Mobile Rocket Stadium, 31 March 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 16-23 Hull FC, The AJ Bell Stadium, 7 April 2019
  • Warrington 12-36 Salford Red Devils, The Halliwell Jones Stadium, 19 April 2019

Wigan’s last six games:

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  • Warrington Wolves 25-12 Wigan Warriors, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 15th March 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 22-30 Wigan Warriors, AJ Bell Stadium, 24th March 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 42-0 Catalans Dragons, DW Stadium, 31st March 2019
  • Castleford Tigers 38-28 Wigan Warriors, The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 5th April 2019
  • Wakefield Trinity 30-20 Wigan Warriors, The Mobile Rocket Stadium, 12th April 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 10-36 St Helens, DW Stadium, 19th April 2019

Coach Quotes

Ahead of the game, Adrian Lam said: “We’ve got an opportunity to fix the defeat to St Helens. We need to move on quickly. We’ll probably bring in two of the Academy boys.

“It’s a tough one because of the short recovery from Friday. We have to turn up and do our best at Salford. Everyone has got to do it this weekend.

Adrian Lam.

“I think that’s the best benefit of having the short turnaround; I know there’s a few lads in there who are disappointed with their individual performances, for whatever reason and the best way to get over that is to play another game as quickly as possible.

It’s about showing the supporters of the club that it wasn’t quite us and we need to be better. I’m looking forward to the players response.”

Match Officials

Monday’s referee is Ben Thaler. His touch judges are Mark Craven and Richard Thompson.

Ben Thaler.

Tickets

The club has received an allocation of approximately 1,200 seated tickets.

Tickets are available to buy in cash from the North Stand Ticket Office. For card payments, fans are advised to go to the main Ticket Office.

Please note that tickets bought on the day will cost £2 more than the original price.

Ticket Prices

  • Adults - £25.00
  • Over-65s - £20.00
  • Students - £20.00
  • Under-17s - £7.00

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