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Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity
The Warrington Wolves welcome Wakefield Trinity to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for what is a must win for both sides as Warrington look to keep alive their play-off hopes whilst Wakefield look to keep alive there hopes of staving off relegation.
Warrington’s form has dropped off alarmingly in the league and even their win in Challenge Cup cannot hide the fact that you can measure the last time they won in the league in terms of months rather than matches.
They have already been caught and overtook by Wigan and with just a 2 point gap back to Castleford in 6th heading into the round, Warrington could soon lose a place in the top 5 and the play-offs despite almost looking guaranteed to finish second just a couple of months ago.
Wakefield start the round in 9th place but such is the closeness of the table, they are just 2 points ahead of London in last and that just highlights the importance of the points for Wakey.
Warrington have won each of their last 6 matches whilst Wakefield have won just 1 of their last 6 in the league.
The struggling Wolves will be pleased to have Blake Austin back in their squad, with Toby King, Mike Cooper, Chris Hill and Dec Patton all also strengthening the Wolves squad.
Wakefield’s injury problems have hit again with Chris Annakin, Bill Tupou and James Batchelor all out. Youngsters Jordy Crowther, Titus Gwaze and Lee Kershaw step in.
With Warrington almost back at full strength and with Wakefield almost out of players, we can only see a home win in this one.
With a heavy loss giving hope to London in the relegation battle next week at Belle Vue, Wakefield will have to keep going for the full 80 minutes so whilst many will be expecting a big home win, we are going to go for a tighter game but one that Warrington will be dominant in.
Score Prediction Warrington Wolves by 16