Despite his side struggling for form and sitting mid-table in the Betfred Super League, Warrington boss Daryl Powell is upbeat about Thursday’s clash with champions St Helens (Warrington 11/5, draw 20/1, St Helens 2/5 – Match Betting).

The Wolves welcome Saints to the Halliwell Jones Stadium following a 40-8 defeat for the Wire at the hands of Catalans Dragons in Perpignan last weekend.

That result leaves Warrington (16/1 – Grand Final Winners) down in eighth place in the table with seven defeats from their first 12 league outings of the season.

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It has not been the ideal start for Powell following his move from Castleford Tigers over the winter, but the head coach is optimistic ahead of St Helens’ arrival.

“The boys worked really hard last week but we’re excited for this game – I can sense a real excitement throughout the playing group,” Powell said.

“We’ve just got to go and play with confidence – you know it’s always a physical challenge against St Helens and that’s an area in which we need to be better over the course of 80 minutes.”

He added: “After this game, we’re halfway through. We’ve got a week off then we can reset and look at the second half, but this game is a key game for us and I’m looking forward to seeing how we can go and attack it.”

St Helens (10/11 – Grand Final Winners) head into Thursday night’s game full of confidence after a 24-10 win over Hull FC in the last outing helped the Merseysiders’ maintain their two-point lead at the top of the Betfred Super League table.

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