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Super League match preview: Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds
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Super League leaders Wigan Warriors host Salford City Reds in a top-versus-bottom clash at the DW Stadium.
Shaun Wane's side sit at the top of the standings having won their last six league outings, while the Reds occupy 13th spot, despite a 34-30 win against Castleford Tigers last time in new head coach Brian Noble's first game in charge.
The Warriors are looking to complete a 2013 double over the Reds following their opening 42-0 success back in February but Wane is taking nothing for granted.
He told the club's official website: "Salford had an important win last week and we are expecting a tough game this Friday. They have some players with some real Super League experience, Stephen Wild, Wayne Godwin and Martin Gleeson, all ex-Wigan players with a lot of games under their belt. They will want to come to the DW and they will want to play.
"Ryan McGoldrick has always been a good player and the young French player Fages has good skills. I have seen them do some good things in recent weeks and we will not be under-estimating them.
"I am wanting a really good performance from the team, I don't want to limp into the Hull KR Cup game the week after, I want us to go into that game on the back of a good performance, a good win and with confidence."
Wane gives a third outing of the season to Anthony Gelling in place of winger Pat Richards, who has a slight leg injury, while prop forward Greg Burke is back after sitting out the win at Hull.
New Salford boss Noble recalls on-loan utility back Lee Gaskell after a three-match injury absence in the only change to the side that beat Castleford.
Wigan 19-man squad: Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Goulding, Green, Hansen, Hughes, Mellorum, Mossop, O'Loughlin, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, L Tomkins, S Tomkins.
Salford 19-man squad: Ashurst, Broughton, Dixon, Emmitt, Fages, Foran, Gaskell, Gibson, Gleeson, Godwin, Griffin, James, Mauro, McGoldrick, Neal, Sneyd, A Walne, Wild, Williams.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||22||20|
|11||Salford Red Devils||22||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||22||4|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|20:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Bradford|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|15:00||Widnes vs Hull K R|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Huddersfield|
|15:30||Castleford vs London Broncos|
|Thursday 14th August|
|20:00||Hull K R vs Wigan|
|Friday 15th August|
|20:00||Salford vs Catalan Dragons|
|20:00||Warrington vs Castleford|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Huddersfield 38 - 16 Catalan Dragons|
|Bradford 16 - 8 Wigan|
|Warrington 26 - 40 Wakefield|
|Saturday 26th July|
|London Broncos 10 - 62 Hull K R|
|Friday 25th July|
|Salford 18 - 22 Leeds|
|St Helens 44 - 22 Widnes|
|Thursday 24th July|
|Hull 18 - 18 Castleford|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
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