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Super League: Wakefield Wildcats v Salford Red Devils preview
Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Wildcats will be looking to keep their slim playoff hopes alive on Sunday when they go head-to-head at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The pair find themselves 10th and 11th in the table respectively, four points adrift of eighth-placed Widnes Vikings with only three rounds of the regular season remaining.
Defeat will end any hopes of a top-eight finish for either club. Salford have come on leaps and bounds under head coach Iestyn Harris and this weekend's match is sure to be intriguing as he takes on another young coach in Wakefield's Jake Webster.
Wildcats hooker or half-back Pita Godinet is back from a six-week absence with a knee injury, with Jarrod Sammut switching to full-back in place of teenager Max Jowitt, who made his debut in the defeat at St Helens.
On-loan scrum-half Tim Smith is free to play against his parent club after leaving Wakefield at the end of last season to make the switch to the AJ Bell Stadium.
Need to win
"The top eight hasn't really been spoken about but we just want to win. We need to win games," said Webster.
"Obviously with the weeks off due to the Challenge Cup and losing the last two, it seems like a while since we won a game so we want to go out and win there.
"We understand Salford are playing really well. We've done a lot of work on them and they have got some great players in their team."
Salford, meanwhile, are without forward Steve Rapira, who has returned home to New Zealand on compassionate leave, and coach Harris will plug the gap with either Darrell Griffin or Andrew Dixon.
Winger Josh Griffin is also available after sitting out the win over Catalan Dragons.
Wakefield Wildcats: D. Smith, Riley, Collis, Sykes, Lauitiiti, Raleigh, McShane, Gilmour, Sammut, Washbrook, Godinet, Owen, Anderson, T. Smith, Tautai, Lyne, Molloy, Wildie, Kirmond.
Salford Red Devils: Ashurst, Chase, Fages, D. Griffin, J. Griffin, Caton-Brown, Lee, Locke, Morley, Dixon, Evalds, Hansen, Sa'u, Puletua, Tasi, Tomkins, Johnson, J. Walne, Walton.
Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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