Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity 14/07/17 Preview and Prediction

Widnes Vikings

Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity
Date: Friday 14th July 2017
Kick Off: 20:00
Venue: Select Security Stadium (Widnes)
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SQUADS
Widnes Vikings: 36. Keanan Brand 3. Chris Bridge 10. Jack Buchanan 18. Greg Burke 13. Hep Cahill 40. Rangi Chase 15. Gil Dudson 33. Aaron Heremaia 11. Chris Houston 28. Ryan Ince 31. Jordan Johnstone 20. Manase Manuokafoa 17. Stefan Marsh 6. Joe Mellor 8. Eamon O’Carroll 25. Tom Olbison 4. Charly Runciman 2. Corey Thompson 12. Matt Whitley
Wakefield Trinity: 26. Chris Annakin 16. Tinirau Arona 18. Joe Arundel 11. Matty Ashurst 24. Mason Caton-Brown 8. Anthony England 20. David Fifita 7. Liam Finn 1. Scott Grix 32. Dean Hadley 23. Keegan Hirst 17. Craig Huby 5. Ben Jones-Bishop 21. Max Jowitt 12. Danny Kirmond 3. Bill Tupou 25. Adam Walker 14. Sam Williams 9. Kyle Wood

Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield have started to stutter recently although they have remained competitive and in truth they have faced a tough run of matches. The good news for their fans is that they are still in the hunt for the top 4, starting this round just 1 place and 1 point behind Hull FC in 4th and just 4 points behind Leeds in 2nd.

For a club, the size of Wakefield and having the salary cap spend they have available to them it is an incredible achievement just for them to be in the top 8 so no matter what happens the season will be a success but this is the sort of game they will need to in if they are to keep in that top 4 hunt.

Widnes have little to play for in terms of league position as they are baring a miracle to finish in the bottom 2 but they do need to find some confidence ahead of the Qualifiers especially after they demolition against Huddersfield last time out.

Form

Widnes have won 2 of their last 5 matches but only 1 of their last 4 and they have lost both of their last 2 coming into this one.

Wakefield have now lost 3 of their last 4 matches but on the road, they have won 4 of their last 5.

Team News

Wakefield make 3 changes with Mikey Sio having joined Halifax during the week he misses out alongside Jordan Crowther and Reece Lyne.

Danny Kirmond, Max Jowitt and David Fifita come in although Fifita was a late call up for their loss against Castleford.

Prediction

This is one of those matches that could easily go either way. Both have similar players on paper but the Trinity players have over performed this season with the Viking sunder performing.

Unfortunately for home fans we can see a similar thing in this one with Trin grinding out a narrow win.

Our Prediction: Wakefield Trinity by 8

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