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Reigning champions Wigan Warriors could return to the Super League summit for the first time since last July on Wednesday when they host Widnes Vikings at the DW Stadium.
Shaun Wane’s side enter the clash in buoyant spirits after avenging their Challenge Cup exit by defeating Castleford Tigers last Friday, while a 56-6 drubbing at the hands of Hull FC saw the Vikings slide to eighth in the Super League ladder.
Wigan, who completed a league and cup double in 2013, were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Castleford two weeks ago, but bounced back with an emphatic 46-6 triumph which saw them move within two points of league leaders St Helens.
Denis Betts’ side endured a less than enjoyable outing on Friday as they watched the visitors run in nine tries at the Select Security Stadium.
Back-row forward Connor Farrell is set to make his Super League debut alongside brother Liam as Wigan look to seize their opportunity to move to the top of the ladder, especially with the Saints facing another potential slip in fourth-placed Castleford.
Warriors coach Wane has included 20-year-old Connor, as well as his England international brother who plays in the same position, in his 19-man squad for the rearranged Round Two fixture.
Connor, who has been playing on a dual registration for Workington, is likely to start on the bench.
"I'm excited to see how he goes," Wane said. "I want to see them both on the pitch at the same time."
Wane has also drafted in young hooker Callum Wright, while Dan Sarginson is set for a second outing at full-back after Matty Bowen was ruled out with a leg strain and with understudy Ryan Hampshire sidelined with a dislocated shoulder.
England winger Josh Charnley will make his first appearance for two months in place of youngster Joe Burgess, who has been a revelation in his first full season and was given permission by Wane to join the England squad for their mid-season training camp in Loughborough this week.
Charnley has been sidelined with a knee injury suffered in the Challenge Cup win at Dewsbury in early April and had been set to make his return via Workington on Sunday after being called into the Warriors squad.
Widnes coach Denis Betts switches Jack Owens to full-back in the absence of Rhys Hanbury, with former Bradford winger Patrick Ah Van recalled for only his third appearance of an injury-hit season.
"I'm more than confident putting Jack Owens at full-back," Betts said. "I think he's had some fantastic games this year there and it gives Patty a chance to get back in the side as well.
"Patty has been training well for the last two or three weeks. He's fit but he's just not playing any matches so we have to give him some matches to get the best out of him over the next three months."
Former Wigan centre Cameron Phelps, who was due to return from injury for Sunday's home game against Leeds, has been fast-tracked into the side following the loss of both Chris Dean and Stefan Marsh.
There will also be plenty of attention on former Wigan stand-off Kevin Brown, who has produced some of the best rugby of his career with the Vikings this year.
Wigan: Bateman, Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, C. Farrell, L. Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Goulding, James, Manfredi, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, S. Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Taylor, Wright.
Widnes: Ah Van, Allen, Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Clough, Craven, Galea, Gerrard, Gore, Flynn, Isa, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Owens, Phelps, Tickle, White.
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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