Preview: Warrington v St Helens (Fri)

St Helens take their perfect start to the season to Warrington on Friday night, for a game televised live by Sky Sports.

Justin Holbrook’s men are four from four to sit top of the Super League table, while the Wolves have managed two wins from five so far.

Warrington welcome back Kevin Brown from concussion and he is a straight replacement for Declan Patton, who was handed a five-match ban this week.

Sitaleki Akauola is also missing through suspension and former South Sydney centre Bryson Goodwin is a doubt through injury.

St Helens are missing Jon Wilkin (concussion) and Morgan Knowles (suspension).

They have lost on their last two visits to Warrington, including the last meeting between the two sides, though it is eight games since either side registered successive wins in this fixture.

Last ten meetings:

Warrington 40, St Helens 18 (SLR13, 5/5/17)
St Helens 31, Warrington 6 (SLR6, 24/3/17)
Warrington 18, St Helens 10 (SLSF, 29/9/16)
Warrington 18, St Helens 20 (SLS8-R1, 4/8/16)
St Helens 4, Warrington 26 (SLR17, 3/6/16)
Warrington 22, St Helens 25 (SLR10, 8/4/16)
St Helens 16, Warrington 32 (SLS8-R7, 24/9/15)
Warrington 14, St Helens 20 (SLR22, 16/7/15)
St Helens 20, Warrington 16 (SLR16, 31/5/15) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle)
St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15)

Super League summary

Warrington won 13 (includes wins in 2012 and 2016 play-offs)
St Helens won 45 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)
2 draws
Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)
St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)

Warrington 19-man squad: Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin, Atkins, K Brown, Roberts, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Hughes, Murdoch-Masila, Crosby, Philbin, T King, G King, Livett, M Brown, Smith, Westwood.

St Helens 19-man squad: Lomax, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Swift, Fages, Smith, Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Taia, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Thompson, Peyroux, Richardson, Grace, Lees, Barba.

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