Wigan Warriors have the chance to extend their return to form as they host Wakefield on Friday night, on the hunt for a third successive Betfred Super League victory (Wigan 2/9, draw 25/1, Wakefield 4/1 – Match Betting), while Salford visit Leeds.
Back-to-back wins over Huddersfield in the last fortnight enabled the Warriors to arrest a slump that saw the 2018 champions endure five straight defeats from the end of May to mid-July, including a 48-0 whitewash at leaders Catalans.
The return of Jackson Hastings and Willie Isa, back from one- and two-game suspensions respectively, buoy Adrian Lam’s side as they prepare to host struggling Trinity, second from bottom.
The West Yorkshire side have themselves lost four of their last five games, but will take solace in the fact that their sole victory since early May came in the reverse fixture of Friday’s encounter, a 14-6 home victory on June 24.
With no fewer than five returnees available for the trip to the DW Stadium – Alex Walker, Chris Green and Kyle Wood from injury, Joe Arundel and Ryan Hampshire having served bans – a victory would distance Chris Chester’s charges from rock-bottom Leigh, who remain winless.
In Friday’s other clash, Salford travel to Leeds (Leeds 3/10, draw 22/1, Salford 3/1 – Match Betting) with the Headingley club boosted by the announce of a contract extension for forward Matt Prior. The 34-year-old Australian, whose existing deal was set to expire after this season, has committed to an extra two years with the Rhinos. Currently seventh and on the fringes of the playoffs, Leeds welcome back Ash Handley, Mikolaj Oledzki and Rhyse Martin for this weekend’s action.
For ninth-placed Salford, Lee Mossop and Jack Wells – both suspended for two games following defeat in the June meeting between the two sides – return to the fray.