SL Preview: Widnes v Huddersfield (Fri)

Widnes will go looking for their third win of the season when they welcome Huddersfield to the Halton Stadium on Friday night.

The Vikings welcome back co-captain Chris Houston from suspension, while Krisnan Inu and Chris Dean are expected to return having sat out last week’s defeat at Wigan, where they squandered a 16-0 lead to go down 32-16.

Huddersfield are without Jordan Turner, but do welcome back Michael Lawrence and Alex Mellor.

The Giants won both meetings between the two sides last season, including a 28-16 win on the opening day.

They have managed just one win so far this season, at home to Warrington, while Widnes have beaten Catalans and Leeds.

Stats:

Huddersfield’s Jermaine McGillvary has scored tries in the Giants’ last three meetings with Widnes (1-2-2).

Super League summary:

Widnes won 7
Huddersfield won 12
1 draw
Widnes highest score: 42-30 (H, 2003) (Widest margin: 40-12, H, 2005)
Huddersfield highest score: 66-6 (H, 2012) (also widest margin)

Widnes 19-man squad: Hanbury, Marsh, Inu, Runciman, Mellor, Gilmore, Houston, Whitley, Cahill, Dean, Craven, Olbison, Wilde, Burke, Johnstone, Chamberlain, J Chapelhow, Heremaia, Albert.

Huddersfield 19-man squad: Mamo, McGillvary, Murphy, Gaskell, Brough, Ikahihifo, Leeming, Lawrence, Hinchcliffe, Ferguson, Rankin, Roberts, Ta’ai, Clough, O’Brien, Mellor, McIntosh, Dickinson, Wood.