SL Preview: Wigan v Warrington

All eyes will be on one man this evening in Wigan, with Welsh prop Ben Flower set to make his return from a six-month ban for his red card in last season’s Grand Final.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane earlier this week intimated that the Welshman would play, as he looks to boost his middle unit options.

Warrington go into the game on the back of an 80-0 hammering of Wakefield, a dramatic return to form after a depressing losing streak for Tony Smith’s men.

The only change Smith has made to his squad from that game against the Wildcats is the omission of Ryan Atkins, who has a sternum injury.

For Wigan, John Bateman is also returning from suspension, though a much shorter one than Flower’s. Lewis Tierney and Ryan Sutton drop out of Wane’s squad.

Wigan (19-man squad): Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Clubb, Crosby, L. Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Hampshire, Manfredi, McIlorum, Mossop, Patrick, Sarginson, Smith, Tautai, J. Tomkins, L Tomkins, Williams.

Warrington (19-man squad): Asotasi, Bridge, Clark, Currie, England, Harrison, Higham, Hill, G. King, T. King, Laithwaite, Monaghan, Myler, Orsmby, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Sims, Westwood.

Prediction: Warrington will just have too much for Wigan, and will end their four-game losing streak against the Warriors, winning by 10 to 16 points.

Super League Summary:

Wigan won 28 (includes wins in 2013 Grand Final & 2003 and 2014 play-offs)

Warrington won 16

Two draws

Wigan highest score: 58-4 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)

Warrington highest score: 47-38 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 30-10, H, 2012)

Last 10 Meetings:

Wigan 16, Warrington 12 (SLQSF, 3/10/14)
Wigan 24, Warrington 20 (SLR27, 11/9/14)
Warrington 4, Wigan 12 (SLR6, 20/3/14)
Warrington 16, Wigan 30 (SLGF, 5/10/13) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)
Warrington 22, Wigan 12 (SLR19, 24/6/13)
Wigan 17, Warrington 17 (SLR2, 8/2/13)
Warrington 30, Wigan 10 (SLR24, 11/8/12)
Wigan 20, Warrington 22 (SLR8, 23/3/12)
Warrington 39, Wigan 12 (SLR26, 4/9/11)
Warrington 24, Wigan 44 (CCQF, 23/7/11)

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