WIDNES Vikings welcome rivals Warrington Wolves to the Select Security Stadium on Friday looking to end a poor run of results.
Vikings have won only once in their last eight Super League outings, that victory coming at relegated London Broncos in a 24-42 success on June 28.
Wolves meanwhile thumped the same side 72-12 on Sunday, sending them into the Championship in the process, and have lost only twice since they hosted Vikings on April 18.
Tony Smith’s side enjoyed a 44-6 win in that Good Friday clash, courtesy of tries from Gareth O’Brien, Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Chris Bridge, Rhys Evans, two, Ben Currie and Ryan Atkins.
Denis Betts’ charges sat above Wolves in the table before that defeat, but have now dropped to eighth a single point above play-off chasing rivals Hull KR.
Vikings did, however, do a Super League double over their Warrington neighbours last season, winning 38-22 at home in March and 16-6 in the return.
Wolves have won the past two festive meetings and, albeit with this year’s occasion yet to be scheduled, there is potential for these sides to meet four or five times this year.
Wolves face Leeds in the Challenge Cup semi finals on Saturday, August 9, while Vikings play Castleford Tigers a day later.
For Widnes, victory would mean a first outing in the competition’s final since the 1992-93 season and a shot at winning it for the first time since 1983-84.
Vikings will be without forward Phil Joseph tomorrow, Friday, after he was handed a one-match ban.