Salford Red Devils Preview

Salford Red Devils Preview

Everything you need to know for Friday’s Betfred Super League Round 20 fixture with Salford Red Devils at the DW Stadium.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors host Salford Red Devils in Round 20 of the Betfred Super League on Friday night (7:45 kick-off).

In what will be the first game at the DW Stadium in eight weeks, the Cherry and Whites are commemorating the clash with Salford to Armed Forces Day, which takes place on Saturday 29th June.

After three away wins on the bounce, Adrian Lam’s find themselves sixth in the table, but Salford are a place above them on points difference, after two consecutive home triumphs in recent weeks.

The DW Stadium.

Two points for Wigan on Friday will see them move into fourth - depending on results elsewhere over the weekend, but a win for the visitors would boost their chances of finishing the season in the top five.

Can the Warriors make it four consecutive victories and jump into the play-off positions for the first time this season or will the Red Devils continue their winning form and stop the rot against Wigan in 2019?

Team News

Adrian Lam names an unchanged 19-man squad from last week’s win at Huddersfield.

Wigan centre Dan Sarginson misses out for a second week with a shoulder injury. Prop forward Ben Flower also remains out for the second week in a row with a back injury sustained in the victory over Hull KR on 9th June.

Dom Manfredi (knee) and Tom Davies (ankle) are the only long-term absentees in the squad.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

Coached by former player, Ian Watson, Salford have had an impressive 2019 as they currently sit fifth in the play-off places.

The Red Devils have won nine from their 19 games this campaign, including their last two against Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Like Wigan, Watson’s side have 18 points to their name in the table, proving Friday’s result is vital in the context of cementing a top five position.

On Monday, Watson was appointed assistant coach to Wayne Bennett for the return of the Great Britain Rugby League Lions this autumn.

In team news, new signing Tui Lolohea is named in the 19, following a transfer swap with Leeds, with Rob Lui going the opposite direction.

Ben Nakubuwai and Ken Sio return to the squad to replace Adam Walker and Lee Mossop.

Here is Salford’s 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

Sean O’Loughlin was awarded three Man of Steel points for his stand-out performance against Huddersfield last week. The Wigan skipper scored a try, assisted two, made 25 tackles, and 102 metres.

Sam Powell made 36 tackles and 81 passes in 71 minutes last week against Huddersfield. The 26-year-old currently has a tackle completion ratio of 94.3%.

Powell has played 175 games for Wigan.

Previous Meetings

The two sides have already met twice in 2019, with Wigan coming out on top on both occasions at the AJ Bell Stadium in March and April.

Last ten meetings:

  • 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)
  • Wigan 20, Salford 16 (SLR3, 25/2/16)

Form Guide

Wigan’s last five games (Super League):

  • Catalans Dragons 33-16 Wigan Warriors, SLR15, Camp Nou, 18th May 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 14-26 Warrington Wolves, SLR16 (Magic Weekend), Anfield, 25th May 2019
  • Hull KR 18-19 Wigan Warriors, SLR17, KCOM Craven Park, 9th June 2019
  • Leeds Rhinos 14-23 Wigan Warriors, SLR18, Emerald Headingley Stadium, 14th June 2019
  • Huddersfield Giants 22-38 Wigan Warriors, SLR19, John Smith’s Stadium, 21st June 2019
Sean O’Loughlin and Liam Marshall celebrate with try scorer Chris Hankinson in last week’s win at Huddersfield.

Salford’s last five games (all competitions):

  • St Helens 32-30 Salford Red Devils, SLR15, Totally Wicked Stadium, 17th May 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 20-22 Hull KR, SLR16 (Magic Weekend), Anfield, 26th May 2019
  • Hull FC 35-32 Salford Red Devils, SLR17, KCOM Stadium, 7th June 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 44-20 Wakefield Trinity, AJ Bell Stadium, 16th June 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 26-16 Castleford Tigers, AJ Bell Stadium, 21st June 2019
Former Wigan players Logan Tomkins, Lee Mossop and Gil Dudson celebrate a try in their victory over Castleford last week.

The Stats

Joe Burgess needs three tries to reach 100 for the Warriors. The 24-year-old winger has scored 97 tries in 104 appearances (2013-2015, 2017-2019).

Joe Burgess scored his 98th Wigan try in last week's win at Huddersfield.

98 and counting...

Joe Burgess scored his 98th Wigan try in last week's win at Huddersfield.

Morgan Escare needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career. The full-back has played 47 games for Wigan (2017-2019), 91 for Catalans Dragons (2013-2016) and 11 for France (2013, 2015, 2018).

Escare has featured six times in 2019, scoring two tries.

George Williams needs one appearance to reach 150 Super League games. The England international has played 149 for Wigan between 2013 and 2019.

Williams has scored ten tries in 21 games this season.

Jarrod Sammut needs one appearance to reach 100 in Super League. The half-back has played eight for Wigan (2019), 20 for Wakefield Trinity (2014-2015), 38 for Bradford Bulls (2012-2013) and 33 for Crusaders (2010-2011).

Sammut has played eight times under Adrian Lam this year.

Romain Navarrete needs one appearance to reach 50 for Wigan.

Navarrete has played 14 games for the Warriors in 2019.

Coach Quotes

Ahead of Friday’s game, Head Coach Adrian Lam said: “It’s really important for us. They are a team that’s playing for each other at the moment; they have a dig and if you don’t turn up early on they will take advantage.”

On his side’s recent form, the boss said: “We’re pretty happy. There’s always room for improvement, but the important thing is there is ten games to go and after going through six to eight weeks away from home, we’ve hung in there and put together some wins.

“Had we not done it, we would be down near that relegation zone but instead we’ve worked really hard to get where we are and can start looking forward to seven of the last ten at home.

“I’m just really pleased with our attitude at the moment. You can see that there is a lot of energy, particularly in our defence which has been key at this Club. Everyone is buying into the way we want to defend, which is a little different to last year. I also think that our attack in the last two weeks has been the best all year.”

Click HERE to read Lam’s full match preview.

Match Officials

The man in the middle on Friday night will be Chris Kendall. His Touch Judges are Tom Grant and Clint Sharrad.

Chris Kendall.


Any serving member or former members of the Armed Services will be able to watch the game for FREE, providing they show a current and valid ID card, military number or Veterans badge to club staff, whilst a number of tickets will also be distributed in partnership with Tickets For Troops, for serving Armed Forces personnel.

This free ticket can be claimed by personnel visiting the DW Stadium on a Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) or on the day of the game itself from the main Ticket Office, which will open three hours before kick-off.

Images from Wigan's 2018 Armed Forces celebration.

2018 Armed Forces Day

Images from Wigan's 2018 Armed Forces celebration.

Ticket prices

Tickets are available from the below prices:

  • Adults - £23
  • Over 60s - £17
  • 16-21s - £16
  • Juniors - £10
  • Under 5s go free

Membership holders can get a reduced price on their match ticket. For more information, please visit our Matchday tickets page HERE.

Buy Tickets

To purchase your tickets, you can visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office, call 01942 311111 or use our new ticketing website –

Pay on the gate will 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.


Whether you’re arriving by train, plane or automobile, you can find all of the information on how to reach the DW Stadium HERE.

The Club has re-launched its matchday bus service with three bus routes provided for supporters to make their way to the DW Stadium.

The travel service, supplied by Tyrers of Adlington, will be available for Friday’s game and the remaining home games of the 2019 season.

Click HERE to find out more.

How to Follow

You can follow every piece of the action on our social media channels and website.

Wigan TV

Highlights will be on Wigan TV within two hours after the game and extended highlights 24 hours later. There will also be post-match interviews available, giving Warriors fans comprehensive coverage that you’ll not find anywhere else.

Sign up to today by clicking HERE.

Other Fixtures

Thursday 27th June:

  • Hull KR vs Hull FC (7:45pm)

Friday 28th June:

  • Wakefield Trinity vs Huddersfield Giants (7:45pm)
  • Warrington Wolves vs St Helens (7:45pm)

Sunday 30th June:

  • Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons (3pm)
  • Castleford Tigers vs London Broncos (3:30pm)

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