PREVIEW: Salford Red Devils vs St Helens

The Background

Salford look to get their first win of the season when they take on St Helens, who enter the match on the back of an opening-round victory over Huddersfield.

The Team News

Salford are without Junior Sa’u (hamstring) after he scored two tries in the defeat to Hull FC. Greg Johnson replaces him in the only change from last week.

St Helens are without James Roby after he took a bang to the ribs. Dominique Peyroux is another absentee from last week after also picking up a knock. Replacing them in the 19-man squad are youngsters Morgan Knowles and Calvin Wellington. Theo Fages is expected to make his competitive debut for the club tonight.

Predicted Line-Ups

St Helens: Owens, Makinson, Richards, Percival, Swift, Turner, Walsh, Amor, Fages, Walmsley, Wilkin, Vea, McCarthy-Scarsbrook SUBS Tasi, Savelio, Thompson, Greenwood
Salford: Evalds, Carney, Jones, Johnson, J Griffin, Lui, Dobson, Kopczak, Lee, G Griffin, Murdoch-Masila, Sarsfield, Flanagan SUBS O’Brien, Krasniqi, Lannon, Tomkins

The stats

St Helens have won their last eleven meetings (five away from home) with Salford, with the Red Devils’ last victory against the Saints coming 42-34 at The Willows on 15 May, 2010.

Last 5 meetings:


St Helens 32, Salford 12 (SLR17, 5/6/15)

Salford 6, St Helens 52 (SLR2, 12/2/15)

St Helens 32, Salford 12 (SLR15, 30/5/14)

Salford 0, St Helens 38 (SLR3, 27/2/14)

Salford 10, St Helens 52 (SLR19, 21/6/13)

Super League summary


Salford won 4

St Helens won 33

Salford highest score: 42-34 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 39-26, H, 1997)

St Helens highest score: 66-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 58-4, A, 2000)