Match preview: Salford

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Match preview: Salford

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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Wigan’s Betfred Super League clash with Salford Red Devils.

Adrian Lam’s men head to the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday for the first time in the 2021 Betfred Super League to take on the Red Devils (1pm K.O.).

Team news

Speaking on Thursday, Lam highlighted some injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s game.

“We’ve got a couple of players at risk of missing out in Willie Isa (calf) and Morgan Smithies (ankle). We will get a check on them tomorrow (Friday) to see if they will be ready for Saturday.

“It’s a short turnaround for both clubs and you have to make sure you are playing players that are 100% fit. If those two aren’t quite 100%, then it’s probably a week to not pick them and give someone else an opportunity.”

After being handed a Grade F charge (Unacceptable language based on national or ethnic origin), prop forward Tony Clubb will serve the third of an eight match ban. Full statement HERE.

Injury news

Club captain Tommy Leuluai remains unavailable with a sternum injury.

Oliver Gildart again misses out as he looks to return from a groin issue which has kept him out of action in 2021 so far.

Liam Marshall is still unavailable as he recovers from a knee injury (ACL) which has kept the winger out of action since September 2020

Half back Jai Field continues his recovery from a torn hamstring sustained during Wigan’s season opener against Leigh Centurions in March.

Wigan Warriors 21-man squad to face Salford Red Devils

On Thursday Adrian Lam named an unchanged 21 to face Salford on Saturday.

The Opposition

On Thursday Richard Marshall named the Salford 21 to face Wigan on Saturday. Among the changes in the Salford ranks is the inclusion of ex-Wiganer Joe Burgess, who hasn’t featured for the Red Devils since pre-season due to injury.

Previous meetings

Last ten meetings:

Wigan 58, Salford 12 (SLR17, 23/10/20) (at Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens)
Salford 18, Wigan 14 (SLR7, 13/3/20)
Wigan 4, Salford 28 (SLFE, 4/10/19)
Wigan 18, Salford 12 (SLQPO, 20/9/19)
Wigan 28, Salford 12 (SLR20, 28/6/19)
Salford 26, Wigan 30 (SLR12, 22/4/19)
Salford 22, Wigan 30 (SLR7, 24/3/19)
Wigan 30, Salford 0 (SLR14, 4/5/18)
Salford 12, Wigan 40 (SLR1, 2/2/18)
Wigan 42, Salford 6 (SLS8-R3, 18/8/17)
Super League summary

Salford wins: 8

Wigan wins: 43

Campaign so far

The Cherry and Whites remain unbeaten in the Betfred Super League so far, having won six from six. The run is Wigan’s best ever start to a Super League season. Salford have won just one of their opening six.

Coach quotes

Speaking to the media on Thursday in his weekly press conference, Adrian Lam explained that despite Salford’s poor start to the season, he wouldn’t be taking them lightly.

“They’re not too far away from their second win, but let’s hope it’s not this weekend.

“We’ve got to make sure we are doing the right job and playing well enough to get the win, then the season will build.”

And despite Wigan’s unbeaten start to the Super League season, the head coach expects his side to keep on improving.

“It’s a really happy group. We’re joint top with St Helens and I just feel that with some players to come back, we will be hitting our stride in a few weeks time.

“Our best rugby is still ahead of us.”

Match officials

The man in the middle on Saturday afternoon will be James Child.

How to Follow

OurLeague access

Live coverage will be available to season ticket holders via the RFL’s Our League app and website, with the coverage expected to begin around 15-20 minutes before kick-off.

Our League access codes have been sent via email to the addresses registered against the accounts of all 2021 season ticket holders , so if you’ve signed up for this season, please check your email for a step-by-step guide on how to activate your code and enjoy live streaming of every behind closed doors game we play in Betfred Super League this season.

If for any reason you haven’t received the email/codes you were due for your full group, please email with the relevant name(s) and client code(s) so that we can help to forward any details that you’re missing ahead of the game.

Wigan TV

Highlights and match reaction will be available on Wigan TV following the result. Not a subscriber? Find out more HERE.

Listen LIVE

Join commentary team Joe Mills and Bilko (Andrew Rimmer) as they bring you free live commentary of the whole game. Head to the Wigan Warriors home page here from 10 minutes before kick off and click ‘Listen Live’.

Alternatively, head to to enjoy the commentary and join in the conversation with fellow fans.

Social Media

Furthermore, Wigan fans can follow every piece of the action via our social media channels and website.

Twitter (@WiganWarriorsRL) – live game updates and reaction at the final hooter.
Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) – behind-the-scenes action, both before and after kick-off.
Facebook (Wigan Warriors) – live matchday information and reaction.
Website ( – post-match reaction including match report, and head coach and players reaction.

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