Team news: Wakefield v Widnes (Fri)

James Batchelor is set to return for Wakefield on Friday against an unchanged Widnes team.

Chris Chester has made just one change to his Wakefield side that beat Huddersfield last week. Batchelor comes in for the injured Tinirau Arona.

Keegan Hirst and Chris Annakin could feature for Trinity after missing out on the matchday squad against the Giants.

Widnes coach Kieron Purtill has named an unchanged Vikings outfit to the one that won away at Swinton last time out. Liam Walsh and Dom Speakman could play after not being picked in the final 17-man side to face the Lions at Heywood Road.

The Challenge Cup tie takes place at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Friday, 7:45pm kick-off.

Drew’s dabble: Ben Jones-Bishop is 8/1 to score the game’s opening try.

Wakefield’s 19-man squad: Chris Annakin, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Crowther, David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Keegan First, Justin Horo, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Lee Kershaw, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Pauli Pauli, Tyler Randell, Ben Reynolds, Kyle Wood.

Widnes’ 19-man squad: Keanan Brand, Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Sam Freeman, Owen Farnworth, Jayden Hatton, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Dan Norman, Jack Owens, Lloyd Roby, Dom Speakman, Brad Walker, Liam Walsh, Sam Wilde.

Wakefield are clear favourites at 1/9, while the odds of Widnes causing an upset are 6/1.

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