Wakefield have had a tough time this season against Wigan in 2022 and a visit from the Challenge Cup holders couldn’t come at a worse time.
Last week they conceded 70 points at Salford and against the free scoring Warriors they’ll have to be much better.
As for Wigan, this will just been seen as another chance to keep the pressure up on St Helens at the top of the league.
Despite last week’s disappointment, Willie Poching hasn’t made too many changes to his 21 man squad. However, new face Kyle Evans comes in for Tom Lineham with Wakefield’s entire first choice outside backs – squad numbers 2-5 – are all absent.
Matt Peet has an unchanged squad from last week’s squad but they await fitness checks on Liam Farrell and Kaide Ellis.
Match Preview – Key Battles:
Lee Gaskell vs Jai Field: Lee Gaskell has shifted to fullback recently and his skill makes a real threat and a link to the rest of Wakefield’s new look backline. However, he’ll be up against one of the best fullbacks around if not the best in the electric Jai Field.
Jacob Miller vs Harry Smith: Jacob Miller’s quality was underlined when he was named in the Combined Nations team to play against England. Always key to Wakefield’s best performances he’ll have to take command of this game if they want to win. But Harry Smith will strive to stop him from doing so and will be a creative threat for Wigan.
Where the game will be won and lost:
The last two teams Wakefield have met Wigan, they’ve been guilty of giving the Warriors too much space and have paid the price. They need to ensure that isn’t the case tomorrow. Also key will be the forwards, Wakefield can’t allow Wigan’s big men to give their attacking threats a platform to shine.
Score Prediction: Wakefield Trinity 10-36 Wigan Warriors