Wigan made a statement on Monday after losing on Good Friday. They went wild against Wakefield scoring nine tries many of which could have been described as world class.
Against an out-of-form Salford, they will still hope to underline their attacking potential tomorrow.
Salford, meanwhile, have struggled to regain their early season form and need a boost here against the Warriors to get their season back on track.
Of course, there will be no Zak Hardaker for Wigan this weekend. In fact, it now turns out that we saw the last of Hardaker in a Wigan shirt following his release from the Warriors just yesterday. The Warriors will also be without suspended Sam Powell in a blow to Matt Peet’s men, while Thomas Leuluai’s long-term injury makes matters worse for the Warriors. There is positive news about Iain Thornley and Liam Marshall both returning.
The Red Devils are still without Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Shane Wright and James Greenwood. Ryan Lannon is also out, leaving further pressure on second-row positions with Paul Rowley’s first three options unavailable.
Match Preview – Key Battles:
Jai Field vs. Ryan Brierley: Ryan Brierley is a very capable and well-rounded striker with skill and supporting play. He will have to be at his best to improve the electric and dangerous Jai Field. Field has been superb all season and his pace makes him almost unstoppable.
Bevan French vs. Ken Sio: Speaking of dangerous pace, Bevan French alongside Field showed the pair could devastate any team. Salford will have to keep him quiet in defence. As for the offense, they will want to put the ball in the hands of the prolific Ken Sio if they want to beat the Warriors.
Cade Cust v Marc Sneyd: Marc Sneyd is Salford’s central hub and he’ll be looking to lead things here. The Red Devils will need him to be at his best, but against the ever-improving Cade Cust, he could struggle to establish himself in the game.
Where the game will be won and lost:
Space is the magic word against Wigan. You cannot leave space for warriors, especially fighters and French. Otherwise, they will devastate you. If Salford can stay in the game, they have shown time and time again that they can pull something off at the end.
Score prediction: Wigan Warriors 34-12 Salford Red Devils