The form of these sides could not be more different heading into this fixture. Whilst Salford have won just one game in six, leaving them in tenth, Wigan sit top of the Super League table with five wins from six games, two clear of second-placed Leeds.
The Warriors have been improving week-on-week, and, a tricky and stubborn Hull KR side were overcome 30-16 on Sunday afternoon. Salford, on the other hand, fell 30-14 to Catalans on Saturday evening. With Bevan French and Jackson Hastings on fine form, Wigan look to have improved drastically from 2019. The Red Devils, however, look a far cry away from their Grand Final-form so far.
Salford head coach Ian Watson makes just one change with Josh Johnson coming in for Jack Ormondroyd.
The Salford 21-man squad in full: Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Dan Sarginson, Tui Lolohea, Kevin Brown, Lee Mossop, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Ryan Lannon, Pauli Pauli, Tyrone McCarthy, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Greg Burke, Luke Yates, Chris Atkin, Mark Flanagan, Josh Johnson, Rhys Williams, Ken Sio, Elliot Kear, Oliver Roberts.
James McDonnell and Harry Rushton have been called into the Wigan 21-man squad for the first team in their senior careers, replacing the suspended duo Oliver Partington and Ben Flower.
The Wigan 21-man squad in full: Zak Hardaker, Liam Marshall, Chris Hankinson, Joe Burgess, Bevan French, Tommy Leuluai, Sam Powell, George Burgess, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies, Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Dom Manfredi, Mitch Clark, Jake Bibby, Harry Smith, Ethan Havard, Jackson Hastings, James McDonnell, Harry Rushton.
Last time they met
The last time these two sides met, Salford triumphed 28-4 in the play-off semi-finals. That victory sent the Red Devils to Old Trafford for the first time. That was Salford’s first win in nine games against their Lancashire rivals.
Salford haven’t beaten Wigan at home, however, since April 2015, with the Warriors triumphing in the past five away fixtures at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Salford look to be on a downward spiral with their Grand Final appearance in 2019 now a distant memory. Wigan are on the up, however, and they will be fancied heavily to make it six wins from seven.
Wigan Warriors for the win.
If we had to pick a Line
Salford Red Devils +10.5