Why should I watch?

From the outside looking in, there does not appear to be much riding on this game.

With Saints pretty much guaranteed a home semi-final spot, Wolves assured of an extra Super 8s home game and with a Challenge Cup semi-final on the horizon for both sides, some thought key players on both sides would be rested.

However, a look at both squads shows that the coaches are having none of that.

For The Wire, beating the runaway leaders on their own turf would send out a strong message ahead of the Super 8s.

It would also send them into the last-four clash with Leeds on a strong wave of momentum.

Warrington Guardian:

The Wire and Saints clashed way back in March, with St Helens coming out 30-12 winners. Picture by Mike Boden

What they’ve said:

“It’s important that we build ourselves a good foundation going forward.

“We have a duty and an obligation to improve and keep building our confidence.

“It is a good challenge to see where we’re at against the form team in the competition.”

Steve Price, Warrington Wolves head coach

Warrington Guardian:

“Warrington strung that 10-game winning streak together and played really well.

“The last couple of weeks they won’t be completely happy, but we know what they are capable of.

“We saw that in the way that they blew Wigan off the park in that Challenge Cup game.”

Justin Holbrook, St Helens head coach

Warrington Guardian:

St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook. Picture by Bernard Platt

Numbers game:

If Ben Westwood plays tonight as expected, he will jump above Keith Senior into eighth place in the list of Super League’s all-time appearance makers. The two are currently tied on 413.

Also, Josh Charnley could move into Super League’s all-time top 10 try-scorers tonight.

He needs one try to draw level with Kirk Yeaman in 10th, while two or more would see him take 10th spot outright.

Warrington Guardian:

Josh Charnley is on the verge of breaking into Super League's all-time top 10 tryscorers. Picture by Mike Boden

Warrington team news:

Steve Price can welcome back three of his big guns for tonight’s game.

Ben Murdoch-Masila will play after six weeks out with a leg injury, while Bryson Goodwin (knee) and Ben Westwood (ankle) are both back after missing Friday’s win at Hull KR.

Goodwin and Westwood will start at left centre and loose forward respectively – replacing Mitch Brown and George King – while Murdoch-Masila takes Ben Pomeroy’s place on the bench.

Pat Moran and Morgan Smith drop out of the 19-man squad altogether.

Squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Kevin Brown, Mitch Brown, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, George King, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Tyrone Roberts, Ben Westwood.

Warrington Guardian:

Ben Murdoch-Masila is back for Wolves tonight. Picture by Mike Boden

St Helens team news:

Saints are able to call upon Zeb Taia once again after he missed last week’s win at Wigan with a thumb injury.

Ben Barba and Mark Percival are also available once again should Justin Holbrook wish to call upon them.

Squad: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Theo Fages, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Zeb Taia, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Luke Douglas, Morgan Knowles, Luke Thompson, Dom Peyroux, Danny Richardson, Regan Grace, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth, Ben Barba.

Warrington Guardian:

Saints will once again be able to call upon Zeb Taia for tonight's game. Picture by Bernard Platt

One to watch:

James Roby

Like a fine wine, the evergreen Saints number nine seems to get better with age.

While all the attention has been on Ben Barba’s exploits in this swashbuckling Saints side, Roby’s influence has been as strong as ever.

It is crucial Wire dominate in the tackle, so as not to allow the England hooker anything with which to work.

Warrington Guardian:

James Roby is in fine form for St Helens. Picture by Bernard Platt

Match odds (via Betfred):

St Helens 2/5

Warrington 11/5

Draw 25/1

Essential info:

When: Thursday, July 26, 2018

Kick off: 7.45pm

Where: Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, St Helens WA9 3AL

Match officials:

Referee: James Child

Touch judges: G Jones, J Smith

Video referee: Phil Bentham

Warrington Guardian:

James Child will referee tonight's game. Picture by Mike Boden

Matchday ticket prices:

Terracing (East Terrace): £22.50 adults, £15.50 concessions (aged 65 and over) and young adults (aged 19-21), £13 teens (aged 17-18), £10 juniors (aged 16 and under)

Seating (North Stand, Block I): £25 adults, £18.50 concessions and young adults, £15 teens

How can I follow the game?

The Warrington Guardian will, as always, be providing extensive coverage of tonight’s game.

‘Matchday Live’ will be with you all evening up to the final hooter and beyond. Sports editor Mike Parsons will be at the Totally Wicked Stadium to bring you all the build-up, match action as it happens and post-match reaction.

Keep an eye on our ‘Warrington Wolves – Warrington Guardian’ Facebook page for Mike’s live match preview and his ‘On The Hooter’ summary right on full time.

After the final hooter, we will bring you all the reaction from the Wolves camp, plus a photo gallery and the chance to choose your man of the match in our poll.