Team news: St Helens v Wakefield (Fri)

Drew Darbyshire

Zeb Taia return from six weeks on the sidelines on Friday night as St Helens host Wakefield.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook has made three changes to his squad that beat Halifax in the Challenge Cup semi-finals last week. Taia, Aaron Smith and Jack Welsby come into the side.

Alex Walmsley and Morgan Knowles are ruled out through injury, while youngster Matty Costello also drops out.

Chris Chester has made two changes to his squad that lost at Wigan last time out. David Fifita keeps his place in the side after coming into the team late at Wigan, while Danny Kirmond makes a return.

The duo replace Jordan Crowther and Pauli Pauli.

The Super League fixture takes place at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night, 7:45pm kick-off.

Drew’s dabble: St Helens are priced at 13/8 with a handicap 2-way of -23.5 points.

St Helens’ 19-man squad: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Danny Richardson, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth, Aaron Smith, James Bentley, Jack Welsby.

Wakefield’s 19-man squad: Chris Annakin, Joe Arundel, James Batchelor, Danny Brough, Anthony England, David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Keegan Hirst, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Tyler Randell, Kelepi Tanginoa, Bill Tupou, Kyle Wood.

St Helens are heavy favourites for this one at 1/7, while Wakefield are big outsiders at 11/2.

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