Salford Red Devils have been struggling for form of late in a massive way with the most recent loss being a huge 42-0 at the hands of top of the table Catalans Dragons and that’s seen them slip out of the playoffs to seventh, one spot ahead of Leeds Rhinos.
The Red Devils will host St Helens this weekend, with Saints being a side who are coming into form, climbing the table to fourth just two points behind both Leigh and Wigan with a game in hand as well.
That said though the Red Vee are very banged up at the moment with the headline injuries being the season ending ones for both Alex Walmsley and Agnatius Paasi, whilst winger Tommy Makinson has also been out for a prolonged period.
Saints have managed to keep finding a way to win with those injuries whereas the same can’t be said for Salford who have had multiple issues within their spine of late, as well as centre and back-rower Tim Lafai and Kallum Watkins both out.
The positives for Paul Rowley’s men is that both Lafai and Watkins return whilst their general on the field in Marc Sneyd does as well, with Danny Addy another returnee.
There’s potential for a debut for Brad Singleton following his move from Wigan with saw Tyler Dupree go the other way, so there is potential for optimism for Rowley’s men.
🚨 Paul Rowley has named a 21-man squad to take on @Saints1890 this Sunday.
Kallum Watkins, Tim Lafai, Marc Sneyd & Danny Addy all return, with Brad Singleton named for the first time! 🔄 pic.twitter.com/N891fEmcDA
— Salford Red Devils 👹 (@SalfordDevils) August 4, 2023
As for Paul Wellens side and they’ve made two changes with centre Konrad Hurrell confirmed as missing for the next four weeks, whilst young Taylor Pemberton drops from the squad following his loan move to York Knights.
They’re replaced by Curtis Sironen and another young hooker in place of Pemberton in Jake Burns who has impressed for the club’s reserves
Wellens had previously said that Mark Percival, who is named, will be set to feature and get some game time which will be a key boost and a like for like swap with Hurrell.
⚪ 𝗦𝗤𝗨𝗔𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 🔴
— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) August 4, 2023
The two teams face off on Sunday at 3pm at the Salford Stadium with a win potentially lifting Saints into second, whilst Salford could also return to the playoffs with a win if Warrington lose.