Big match preview: Wigan v Widnes

The Background
Wigan will look to keep up the heat on the top two by defeating Widnes and ensuring Denis Betts’ side will be competing in The Qualifiers next month. Only a win for the Vikings will be enough to keep their top eight dream alive – and if Hull and Catalans both win this weekend, the victory will still not be enough.

The Team News
Widnes are still without captain Kevin Brown, meaning Tom Gilmore will likely partner Joe Mellor in the halves once again. As for Wigan, they will be without Matty Bowen, who has been rested – with Ryan Hampshire in to replace him.

The Stats
Wigan have won their last seven home meetings with Widnes, with the Vikings’ last away win against the Warriors coming 22-18 at the JJB Stadium (as it was then known) on 26 July, 2003.

2015 meeting: Widnes 22, Wigan 22 (SLR1, 5/2/15)

Super League summary
Wigan won 12
Widnes won 4
1 draw
Wigan highest score: 62-4 (H, 2013) (also widest margin)
Widnes highest score: 37-36 (H, 2012) (Widest margin: 24-10, H, 2014)