Widnes coach Denis Betts has made four changes to his 19-man squad to face Bradford on Friday at the Stobart Stadium.
Injuries to key members have forced the coach into changes following their 36-16 home win over Hull FC.
The Bulls on the other hand are unchanged following their impressive 43-18 win over table toppers Huddersfield Giants.
Widnes’ marquee signing Kevin Brown is out for four to six weeks with an ankle injury, while Stefan Marsh requires a shoulder reconstruction which will see him sidelined for three months. Both went off in the win against Hull, and centre Cameron Phelps also hasn’t recovered from a knock he picked up in the same game.
Widnes 19-man squad: Ah Van, Allen, Briscoe, Cahill, Clarke, Cross, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Hock, Isa, Joesph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Mellor, O’Carroll, White, Winterstein
Bradford 19-man squad: Donaldson, Sidlow, O’Brien, Manuokafoa, Langley, Diskin, Kearney, Scruton, L’Estrange, Blythe, Lulia, Whitehead, Kear, Sammut, Addy, Olbison, Walker, Murphy, Foster
Prediction: With Widnes without key figure Kevin Brown I can see them struggling so I’m going for a Bradford win.
Bradford are undefeated in their last four games against Widnes, with the Vikings’ last win against the Bulls coming 31-22 at home on 20 February, 2005. The sides also fought out a 25-25 draw at Odsal on 19 June, 2005 – with Bradford winning their next three games against the Vikings after that.
Super League summary:
Widnes won 1
Bradford won 9
Widnes highest score: 31-22 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)
Bradford highest score: 74-24 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)