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Wigan v Warrington - Super League preview
Wigan look set to be unchanged on Friday night when they take on Warrington in the clash between Super League's top two from last season.
The Warriors won the League Leaders Shield in 2012 after finishing the regular season at the summit, though the minor premiers lost both meetings with the Wolves.
Coach Shaun Wane has called on the home side to show they can perform in the pressure situations, having also gone out in the semi-finals of both the Challenge Cup and the play-offs.
"This is a big game," he said. "It's at home, in front of a packed house.
"It is a marker for us. The big games let us down last year. Some of our big names didn't perform and that's something we need to change."
Wigan are again without forward trio Harrison Hansen, Chris Tuson and Epalahame Lauaki, meaning they are likely to keep the same line-up that thrashed Salford 42-0 on opening night last Friday.
Warrington, meanwhile, will have to make at least one alteration from the side that defeated Castleford 40-24 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday.
Ben Harrison is ruled out with a groin strain, so either prop Paul Wood - who this week has been linked with a move to the Cherry and Whites - or teenage second rower Ben Currie will come into the 17-man squad.
"They've got some great players and they're well coached," Wane added of the Wolves, who triumphed 22-20 in a thriller at the DW Stadium last season.
"They're very competitive, they play a very physical game and they've got two good halves in (Richie) Myler and Lee Briers.
"It's no surprise to me that they're favourites. They're the benchmark, they're where I want to be. They're a bit of a bogey team for us."
Wigan: Burke, Charnley, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Goulding, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, Mossop, O'Loughlin, Powell, Prescott, Richards, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, S. Tomkins.
Warrington: Atkins, Briers, Carvell, Cooper, Currie, Evans, Grix, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Morley, Myler, Ratchford, Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood
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|12||Salford Red Devils||2||0|
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|Friday 27th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Castleford Tigers|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:00||Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves|
|19:30||Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC|
|Sunday 1st March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors|
|15:00||Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
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|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
|Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|Salford 6 - 52 St Helens|
|Sunday 8th February|
|Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield|
|Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull|
|Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds|
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